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Chapter Two - A White Boy goes to Mississippi

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Joseph Schwartz

1. The terror without

At Berkeley in the ’50s, where the left wing faculty had been purged in the mess around the loyalty oath, we students campaigned for fair housing against University of California housing officer, Ruth Donnelly, and lost. The Free Speech Movement was to come later. So were radical black representatives Ron Dellums and his successor, Barbara Lee (Democrat, Oakland). Lee was the only member of Congress, following 9/11, to vote against the war in Iraq.

The 1957 Montgomery bus boycott led by Rosa Parks was electrifying. So was the 1960 Greensboro lunch counter sit-in.

In 1961 we heard that Bob Moses had gone to McComb, Mississippi to work on voter registration. Sharp intake of breath. Community organising in Mississippi? Saul Alinsky had done it successfully in Back-of-the-Yards, Chicago. But Mississippi? DeeDee Skinner and I looked at each other: “Jesus Christ. That's brave”.

The lynching of black people in America was a fact of life. DeeDee and I were “red diaper babies” (children of communist party members or sympathisers). We knew about it. The frame-up and execution of Willie McGee in 1951, the lynchings of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 in Money, Mississippi and twenty-three-year-old Mack Parker in 1959 in Poplarville were just recent examples that had received national attention. In 1930, the fourteen-year-old James Cameron narrowly escaped being lynched along with two nineteen year olds, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana. He later described it:

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Chapter Three - Intergenerational Transmission of Massive Trauma: The Holocaust

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Adah Sachs

My baby was born ill and lacerated
And tiny as the palm of my hand.
And when he cried, grandpa told me to nurse him,
my little baby,
only his lips weren't sick.
My little baby was born ill and wounded:
I've always known, something
is sick
inside me, someone

—Anon., poem by a second-generation Holocaust survivor, 1985

Ruben, fifty-four, is a famous chef and a “wild character”. He is obese, a heavy smoker, and a reckless driver. Despite his high earnings, he is often in debt. He is twice divorced.

Gabriel, aged fifty-five, still lives with his parents. He is single, and has a very promiscuous lifestyle “on principle” (to use his own words).

Daphna, fifty-two, is an unusually beautiful woman. She is a consultant at a teaching hospital, specialising in HIV and AIDS. She is a single mum.

David, a bright man of fifty-five, is chronically unsuccessful at his work. He is single.

Lea and Josh, forty-eight, are married and have three children. They both suffer from depression, and largely depend on the help of their ageing parents to support their family.

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Chapter Four - The Place of Fear in Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis: The Fifteenth John Bowlby Memorial Lecture

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Arietta Slade


Today I will be talking about fear and its place in attachment theory and psychoanalysis. In the hierarchy of human motivations, Bowlby placed particular emphasis on attachment because it is essential to our physical and psychological survival. And he privileged fear of loss and danger because these elemental reactions drive and organise the activation and deactivation of the attachment system, regulate physical and psychological proximity seeking and contact maintenance, and shape the organisation of mental life.

At the time that Bowlby began formulating his theory of human attachment, psychoanalysis placed virtually no emphasis on the role of fear and the search for safety in the development of personality and psychopathology. This had much to do, of course, with Freud's particular interest in internal reality, and his relative lack of interest in relationships. Bowlby, by contrast, was greatly interested in actual experience, and believed that attending to the dynamics of fear and its regulation within the context of actual attachment relationships would fundamentally change psychoanalysis (1969, 1973, 1980, 1988). For Bowlby, an emphasis on fear and the search for safety offered a crucial corrective to the theories of motivation, development, and psychopathology that prevailed in psychoanalysis at the time. For many years, however, this corrective fell on deaf ears within the analytic community, which actively rejected Bowlby and his ideas for several decades.

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CHAPTER FIVE: Working with the Incredible Hulk

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Orit Badouk Epstein

It is a known fact that working with survivors of ritual abuse mainly involves working with female survivors. Less has been said about working with male survivors. I am going to tell you about some of my experiences with a male survivor of ritual abuse. My client, a twenty-eight-year old, very intelligent and highly creative young man, came to see me after spending most of his adult life wandering from AA to SLA (Sex, Love Anonymous) trying to combat his addiction to alcohol and watching pornography on the Internet and making calls to phone sex lines.

I will name him Bruce, after the character from the film The Hulk, and later on I will explain the link. Bruce was born into an upper middle-class, well-educated family (his maternal grandfather went to Oxbridge, and paternal grandmother was from the aristocracy). He grew up in a wealthy village where the golf and rugby clubs were the hub of a well-established and well-connected paedophile ring. It was in this leafy rural setting that the most horrific childhood sexual and physical abuse and mind control took place, concealed within a middle-class environment more closely associated with cream teas, Christmas parties, and sporting activities that enhanced their masculinity and superiority. These people were wellconnected, with access to finance, weapons, factories, mansions, and even aircraft.

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CHAPTER THREE: Torture-based mind control: psychological mechanisms and psychotherapeutic approaches to overcoming mind control

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Ellen P. Lacter

“Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against such fundamental laws of nature such as self-preservation?”

(CIA Document, Project ARTICHOKE, MORI ID 144686, 1952)

Psychological mechanisms

My goal in this chapter is to analyse through established psychological principles how torture-based mind control programming is installed and exerts continued control over victims.

It is painfully humbling to study mind control. The secrets of how it “works” are buried deeply in the minds of survivors whose mental registration of the process was originally impaired by torture, drugs, smoke and mirrors, and dissociative processes, both defensive and effected by abuser manipulation, and whose capacity to later recall and reveal this trauma is limited by terror, abuser subterfuge, and the capacity of the therapist to bear witness to suchcalculated abuse. Further complicating this study is the variation in methods and forms of mind control reported by survivors.

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