Of course patient/subjects might have false memories or perhaps figments of a hallucination of percieved coiercion or paternalism…..
“On the subject on stationers (see previous post), here’s a greetings card sold during the mid-70s. This one was recently found behind a radiator in the Scarfolk police department of homicide and light entertainment.
Back in 1976 James Sprout was found dead in a Scarfolk canal. He was in a sack weighed down by his favourite toys (Action Man ‘plague doctor’, Fisher-Price ‘death row’ and concrete Play-doh)
A murder investigation was soon underway but the police ultimately found no evidence of foul play. They concluded that James had somehow inflicted upon himself a severe head injury from behind then, delirious, climbed into the sack. A forensics expert postulated that while James snoozed, the sack was then dragged four miles by either a vast litter of feral kittens, or the ghosts of unvaccinated foreigners, to the canal bridge where James fell to his watery grave.
When James’ grief-stricken parents learned of their son’s tragic fate they entered a lengthy period of mourning, consoling themselves by opening a beach-front bar in Barbados where they moved the day after James’ funeral.”
Never underestimate the potent Mojo of gallows humor.
“Theories of totalism and the protean self”-Robert Lifton
“Totalism, a word first used in Thought Reform, is Lifton’s term for the characteristics of ideological movements and organizations that desire total control over human behavior and thought. (Lifton’s usage differs from theories of totalitarianism in that it can be applied to the ideology of groups that do not wield governmental power.) In Lifton’s opinion, though such attempts always fail, they follow a common pattern and cause predictable types of psychological damage in individuals and societies. He finds two common motives in totalistic movements: the fear and denial of death, channeled into violence against scapegoat groups that are made to represent a metaphorical threat to survival, and a reactionary fear of social change.
In his later work, Lifton has focused on defining the type of change to which totalism is opposed, for which he coined the term the protean self. In the book of the same title, he states that the development of a “fluid and many-sided personality” is a positive trend in modern societies, and that mental health now requires “continuous exploration and personal experiment,” which requires the growth of a purely relativist society that’s willing to discard and diminish previously established cultures and traditions.”
key here:”common pattern and cause predictable types of psychological damage in individuals and societies”
Such societies would create new scapegoats or turn in on themselves after banishment of percieved scapegoats. The flaws would remain, thus, eventual implosion.
“In the book of the same title, he states that the development of a “fluid and many-sided personality” is a positive trend in modern societies”
A person could go positive of negative under stress-the development of a protainian self could be considered “self aware narcissism” the antithesis of totalism.
A small amount of totalsim is tolerated for a greater benefit:
in the deconstructed modern world that social contract may not exist in the way we all might take for granted.