Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Psychology humour and notes on Therapy

 stage lights come up. person is sitting in a high wingback chair, reading through some notes. there is a long silence asthey rustle through the notes. After two minutes, during which audiences seek for clues, a bell rings OS and the man rises, crosses stage and after a minute returns with another man, offers him the second chair. Again there is a long silence, then the 2nd man begins to speak:

Scene II. They wrestle - actually physically wrestle - on the floor. When one has pinned the other down they rise, adjust their clothing and settle back down in their chairs, breathing heavily.

Scene III. The female client crosses and kisses the therapist. 
therapists rooms should ideally be a metaphor for therapy itself...light, airy, calming, containing, comforting, conscious...how can people do therapy in neon lit dry walled windowless bunkers?
a clearing in the thicket

Sign above rubbish bin in psychology block:
Please place your assignments here

Schedule for psychology classes:
Depression: downstairs
Bipolar - Monday - upstairs, Wednesday - downstairs
Suicide (1)
Suicide (2)
Suicide (Final) - please meet on the roof
Paranoid Schizophrenia: Fridays - bomb shelter
Thursdays: bus stop
Happiness/positive psychology: Nirvana Quadrangle
Borderline personality disorder: Side Entrance Gate Four (near perimeter fence)
Narcissistic disorder - met at the one way moirror on the reflective side
Psychology lecturer reading out the list of required reading for course


If everyone agrees that I am valuable
does that make me valuable?
And if everyone agrees that I am not valuable
does that make me worthless?
How many people have to agree about me for me to agree with them?
And what if one lone voice holds out that I am valuable...
will that be enough to convince me
how does my mechanism of conviction work??



The question in group therapy is: what about me attracts these particular projections of yours? Ande what about you attracts these particular projections of mine? (facebook is a kind of unconscious group therapy with no facilitator)
Its one of those delicious paradoxes that Freud
whose work was so subversive and revolutionary
in the context of late 19th/early 20th European "civilization"
insisted that his work become a rigid orthodoxy
from which no deviation was allowed


How can I get to like and respect me? This is the crucial question
Perhaps by a daily practice of detailed and specific self-acknowledgement


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