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3: The Birth of Adam

Rhode, Eric Eric Rhode Ebook ePub

There is another ego, according to whose action the individual is unrecognisable, and passes through, as it were, allotropic states [to discover] the same single radically unchanged element. (Diamond and coal are the same pure single element of carbon. The ordinary novel would trace the history of the diamond – but I say: ‘Diamond, what! This is carbon.’ And my diamond might be coal or soot, and my theme is carbon.) (D. H. Lawrence in a letter to Edward Garnett, 5 June 1914).

Adam opens his eyes in paradise. The first moment of human perception – no eye has looked on a world before. What did Adam see? Adam knew no past; his eyes were empty of the past. His eyes sought light by looking into other eyes. If he is aware of mind (I would conjecture), it is of an anima outside him, flooding, pouring in, through his eyes. The priestly version of the Genesis Creation story (Genesis 1:2, 1-4) has him open his eyes on a world so complete that he probably felt excluded by it. He had nothing to compare it with. He might have been an adult without a past, without memory, all sound and sight without sense. No experience, whether conscious or unconscious, of having been a foetus, or born, or nurtured-through infancy. He might have been someone sent back from the dead, perceiving too much of everything: trees, camels, sun, darkness, lambs, plants, sky, sea, elephants, whales. A dead man flooded by experience – yearning to retreat into the promenades of the underworld.

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3. Resonant space for dreaming

Sapen, Daniel Harris Meltzer Trust ePub

In Freud’s later thinking on phantasy, he begins to treat illusion in broader terms than wish-fulfllment, and to address its efectiveness as an agent of change and structure. Psychic reality is now an efective agency in itself, a domain which deserves at least a qualifed use of the term “reality”:

The substitute satisfactions, as ofered by art, are illusions in contrast with reality, but they are none the less psychically efec-tive, thanks to the role which phantasy has assumed in mental life. (Freud, 1930, p. 68)

Freud’s phrasing is suggestive; “the role which phantasy has assumed” seems also to refer to the recent developments in the concept of phantasy in the discourse about mental life as much as to the role of phantasy in the psyche.

We can see a parallel process between the diferentiation of a psychic space in which symbolic life emerges, and the theory which expands to acknowledge it. Psychoanalysis grew from a theory of wishful forces and their substitutions to one about illusion as the vessel and workshop of truth. This growth makes it a refexive discipline. It is a meta-mythology which explains the growth of mythology, in which the tension of primal forces expands into a psychosomatic field, and in which the space and time of the psyche can diferentiate, perpetuate, and dream refectively upon its own achievement of subjectivity. The evolution of Freudian and post-Freudian thought demonstrates this parallel trend in theory and the phenomena that it makes perceptible. Trough the work of these representative thinkers, we can see that both theory and the mythic processes it theorizes express aspects of dream-life that operate by means other than repression (Freud, 1937c, p. 236).

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Lessons From the Past: Three Modest Suggestions Toward School Reform for Poor Students

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Matthew D. Davis

At the end of August 2005, Hurricane Katrina laid bare a wide swath of the U.S. Gulf Coast. The devastation left in the wake of this natural disaster and the all-too-slow governmental response to it shocked the nation. Perhaps most disturbing to many Americans was the recognition that a group of Americans, with numbers that never fully registered in the national psyche, lived in heartbreaking and soul-depleting poverty. Resentment erupted when in the midst of these emotions, many Americans found the only referent available to them for the visible nature of poor victims was the label Third World. For an all-too-brief moment, the moving pictures from urban Louisiana and rural Mississippi humbled the nation’s citizens living elsewhere (e.g., Dyson, 2006).

Hidden even deeper in the media aftermath of Katrina were the stories of the particularly harsh fury that the hurricane had visited upon the region’s children. The refusal by many Americans to recognize the stark abjection of all-too-real American poverty continues to be overwhelmed by their shared elision of the experiences of poor children, particularly African Americans. Indeed, in the modern rush toward the “one best system” of education (Tyack, 1974), the schooling of poor children and youth remain principally outside the collective American eyesight. Recent attempts at the illumination of their stories by David C. Berliner (2005) and Jonathan Kozol (2005) may keep alive for some of the better-off Americans the shame at the nation’s near-total exclusion of these students from the reality of contemporary public school reform efforts (see also Anyon, 1997). Most Americans, like most politicians and educators, may also need suggestions toward meaningful action so that their awakened recognition persists long enough to foster real educational reforms to affect the lives of these all-but-forgotten pupils in our midst. To aid in that important effort, this article draws on the history of African American school reform on which to base three modest suggestions to reform the schooling experienced by poor children.

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13. Question Handling

Barlow, Janelle Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

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The best-phrased answer may be meaningless if everyone has not heard the question. The person who answers a question has obviously heard it, but that does not mean everyone has, especially in a multisite videoconference.

Repeat questions that are posed, unless you are absolutely certain that everyone can hear them. In an international videoconference, repeating questions can be particularly important because of the difficulty in understanding accents and translations.

If you are receiving questions on a computer screen, sent through e-mail, have a person assigned to gather them, group the related ones, and eliminate duplicates. (There will be duplicates, depending upon the size of your audience.)

If you display the e-mails on the screen, have someone clean up spelling mistakes. The person posing the question is probably writing in great haste and would be mortified to see his or her glaring errors projected around the world.

When someone poses a question in a hostile manner, the best way to handle it is simply to repeat the question, minus the hostility—and without any comment. If possible, approach hostile questioners during your next break and remind them that their behavior is being broadcast around the organization and no doubt everyone is now discussing it.

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Where To Stay

Tougias, Michael Hunter Publishing ePub

The original town, founded in 1882, grew up around the railroad depot, but in June 1986, four small communities Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain and Cardiff-by-the-Sea united to form the new Encinitas along six miles of coastline between two lagoons.

San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., 619/436-3036, includes 30 acres of canyons and sunny hillsides, rare plants, a waterfall, self-guided trails, banana palms and America's largest collection of bamboos. It is one of the world's most diverse and botanically important plant collections. A chaparral area on the grounds serves as a natural bird refuge. Tours are available, and there is no admission charge on the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Encinitas North Coast Chamber of Commerce, 138 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas 92024, 619/753-6041.

Taylors Herb Garden, 1535 Lone Oak Rd., 619/727-3485, is the West Coast's largest herb grower.

Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Dr., 619/945-4919 or 726-1340, originally was one of six ranchos claimed by Mission San Luis Rey. The last 1.9 acres of an original 1845 Mexican land grant were purchased by the city in 1989 and the house was furnished with turn-of-the-century antiques. Guided tours are available and docents weave tales of the walled skeleton, the lady in white and the prized stallion. Annual events include a quilting show, a treasure sale, a Victorian tea, Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May, a cherished Mexican holiday), Family Day, Pioneer Luncheon, Ice Cream Social and the Holiday Home Tour.

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Since It's You

Peter Brown University of North Texas Press PDF

Since It’s You

I

might have married Charlemagne, if he weren’t so black. If he weren’t as old as my own dead father would have been. I’d been waiting tables at the Circle Hill seven days a week for two years already—at twenty-three it was my whole life—and I had depended too much on him. He had more authority than anyone I knew, and I relied more on him for some things than anyone else, like the way he wrapped himself in a big white apron after he fired up his grill in the morning and never took it off till quitting time. This way we all knew that when the apron came off, it was time to lock up. We all were careful to respect the manager, a nervous college kid named Raymond, but Charlemagne knew when it was time. When that apron came off, nothing Raymond nor any of the others said mattered: the kitchen and diningroom were clean and it was time to go.

He was a head taller than Raymond, two heads taller than me. He was as slender as a shortstop but not so limber anymore— sometimes on Sunday mornings when he came in, the kitchen was cold and he limped about in his apron till he warmed up. He kept to himself that first hour in a manner I never understood. I watched him as I came and went from the diningroom, how he ignored us as the grill heated up; he stared at the headlines for a long time before he licked his thumb and began moving his

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Activity 19 From Strength to Strength

Roy, Bailey HRD Press, Inc. PDF

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From Strength to Strength

Much of the job in counseling is to help others become competent in more areas of their lives. This is especially important in relation to personal and work tasks.

This activity concentrates on the developmental tasks people face at the current stage of life, the situations in which they should find them relevant, and the competence skills they need to develop. It provides an overview on significant strengths of life, both personal and work related—a view where people can

“scan” themselves within a broad context.

MATERIALS

TIME

60 to 90 minutes

GROUP SIZE

Suitable for 12 to 20 people

METHOD

1. Explain to the participants that it is important that they identify their strengths as well as their areas for further development. Assure them that it is best to be open and honest for useful competence building to be achieved.

Flipchart or overhead projector

Markers

Handout 19.1 for each participant

2. Part One: Make sure that participants have understood the purpose of the activity and clarify with them any remaining ambiguities. Distribute Handout 19.1 to participants and ask them to complete it individually and refer to it as the activity progresses.

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CHAPTER TWO. Schizophrenic self-burning: which self?

Jackson, Murray; Williams, Paul Karnac Books ePub

Self-destructiveness, a common feature of mental illness, may afflict the psychological self, the bodily self, or both. In psychological self-destructiveness, motivations of varying psychodynamic complexity are discernible, often involving guilt regarding internal objects and deriving from destructive and reparative desires. Bodily self-destructiveness takes various forms, of which the most common is self-poisoning with prescribed or other drugs. Of all forms of self-harm, burning by fire is the most dramatic and rare, and it is one of the most difficult to understand. An investigation undertaken with colleagues at the Maudsley Hospital approached the subject in the following way:

Acts of self-poisoning, cutting, jumping and hanging are often explicable in terms of depressive or destructive motivations, the choice of methods being determined by what is available, occasionally with imitative or symbolic significance. Minor self-mutilation, which includes self-cutting and less often small burns with cigarettes is encountered frequently, particularly in female adolescents and young adults with personality disorders or in association with anorexia nervosa. It is usually repetitive, causes little harm and is not a suicidal act. Although studies of self-cutting are highly informative regarding clinical and motivational correlates, they do not explain the psychopa-thology or clinical features of major self-mutilation (amputation, castration, blinding, tooth avulsion) which appears to be both a rare and more psychotic act. Fatal or potentially fatal self-burning is an extreme form of self-mutilation and needs to be distinguished in its clinical and psychosocial aspects from minor self-burning and from other violent self-harm. Although death may ensue, suicide may not necessarily be the conscious intent [Jacobson, Jackson, & Berelowitz, 1986]

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Chapter XVI Arrest and Trial of the Conspirators

Revised by William Rathmell. Edited with an Introduction and Annotations by Robert K. DeArment University of North Texas Press PDF

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arrest and trial of the conspirators

On leaving Gainesville, Charley crossed the Red River at Brown’s

Ferry, north of Gainesville, crossed the Indian Territory and entered

Kansas at Kiowa,1 took a westerly course here and entered Colorado at

Coolidge,2 and two days later they reached La Junta, where Ellie, one of the twins, became quite ill of pneumonia. Three days later the little one died at this place. Charles was making for the mountains of Colorado, where he thought he would have peace at last.

George left Gainesville, Texas, on the 12th of the following October for Colorado, by rail. He knew Charley was somewhere on the road, but just where he would enter the mountains was a difficult matter to tell, so on reaching Gunnison, Colorado,3 he left his wife to look for him at this point, while he came on to Dallas,4 in the same state.

Between La Junta and Gunnison, Charley and Clift were compelled to work three weeks at a saw mill for money to continue their journey on. Charley chose the route by Gunnison, and came across George’s

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Yorkshire

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

With a population as big as Scotland's and an area half the size of Belgium, Yorkshire is almost a country in itself. It has its own flag, its own dialect and its own celebration, Yorkshire Day (1 August). While local folk are proud to be English, they're even prouder to be natives of 'God's Own County'.

What makes Yorkshire so special? First, there's the landscape – with its brooding moors and green dales rolling down to a dramatic coastline, Yorkshire has some of Britain's finest scenery. Second, there's the sheer breadth of history – every facet of the British experience is represented here, from Roman times to the 20th century.

But Yorkshire's greatest appeal lies in its people. Industrious and opinionated, they have a wry wit and shrewd friendliness. Stay here for a while and you'll come away believing, like the locals, that God is indeed a Yorkshirewoman.

AThe week-long Jorvik Festival in February sees York taken over by a Viking invasion.

ASpring brings drifts of yellow daffodils to brighten the roadsides in the Dales and North York Moors; the Three Peaks Race takes place in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

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7. Separation

Edited by Daniel Widocher Karnac Books ePub

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JACQUES ANDRE

In March 1953, Donald Winnicott (1993) wrote to his friend Clifford Scott about treatment situations in which regression takes on especially intense forms. In such situations, he says, he interprets more often in terms of need than in terms of desire, for example saying to a patient for whom a break would be distressing that he or she needs to be seer. over the weekend, as opposed to mentioning the patient’s wish to have the analyst give up his weekend.

For the debate between infantile sexuality and attachment that concerns us, Winnicott has the merit of representing a dualistic, oppositional position, as strongly held in theory as it is in practice. Instead of attachment, however, among all the terms he used (environment, good enough, going-on-being, etc.) it is surely holding that, beyond the special gesture of a mother who holds and carries, refers in a general way to the quality of this early and vital register.

The weekend or vacation time arrives and with it separation, discontinuity. Echoing Winnicott’s (psychoanalytic? psychodierapeutic?) interpretation that the patient needs to see him are statements of the same kind on the part of patients: “I need you.” For my part, I could cite several examples in which this phrase emerges in a privileged manner in the context of an interruption of the analysis, a break in the frame (vacations, canceled session).

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6. Reflections on Wiesel's Hasidic Tales

Edited by Steven T Katz and Alan Rosen Indiana University Press ePub

STEVEN T. KATZ

THE HASIDIC TALE IS both a central aspect of the history and spirituality of Hasidism and a feature of modern efforts to reinterpret traditional Judaism for modern men and women. Within the world of Hasidism, from the earliest period of the movement, tales have been a central method of communicating hasidic teachings to the Jewish masses. R. Yaakov Yosef of Polnoyye, secretary to the founder of the movement, R. Israel Ben Eliezer, better known as the Baal Shem Tov, already tells us in his Toldot Yaakov Yosef, the first hasidic book, published in 1781, twenty-one years after the death of the founder in 1760:

“And there are yihudim in all material speech and stories, and also, as I heard from my master [the Baal Shem Tov], he engaged in yihudim between himself and ahotah dematronita [the Divine Presence] by means of material [or: mundane] stories, and he explained the reason…. This rabbi also said that by speaking with the masses he draws himself closer to ahotah dematronita, by means of material stories, and he explained the reason…. This rabbi also said that by speaking with the masses he draws himself closer to them, and draws them closer to the Torah and the commandments.” And further: “There are people who engage in prayer even when [seemingly] speaking of material matters with their fellows.”1

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Activity 13 Selecting a Stress Management Strategy

Roy Bailey HRD Press PDF

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Selecting a Stress

Management Strategy

Purpose

Individuals as groups in an organization are often faced with demanding situations that require far more careful examination and selection of the strategies they use to manage stress. The group approach is a particularly important part of stress management and illustrates how stress can be brought under control. Achieving stress management in this way helps create group cohesion and improve teamwork. Using a systematic approach to identify stress and selecting a stress management strategy activity makes a direct impact on stress and combats troughs in personal and group performance.

Materials

• Flipchart

• Colored markers

• Sufficient copies of Problem Performance Checklist, Handout

13.1, for each participant

Sufficient copies of Problem Outline List, Handout 13.2, for each participant

Sufficient copies of Reclassification Form, Handout 13.3, for each participant

Sufficient copies of Alternative Strategies Form, Handout 13.4, for each participant

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McNelly and the Rangers Arrive

Chuck Parsons University of North Texas Press PDF

chapter seven

McNelly and the Rangers Arrive

“This is also a family feud, and they are arrayed against each other in the opposing parties, from children of the same parents down to fourth cousins and step-neighbors-inlaw, there are a great many strangers, too, among them, …”

—“Pidge,” October 13, 1874, from Clinton

T

he June lynching of the three young men in Clinton, as well as the double killing of William E. Sutton and com­ panion Gabriel Webster Slaughter on the deck of the Clin­ ton in March, brought statewide attention to the feud. The death of Sutton should have marked the end of the feud, allowing the Taylors to claim victory, but such was not the case as now

Cuero’s City Marshal Reuben H. Brown replaced the deceased

Sutton as leader of the opposing party. Brown was the son of

P. T. and Miriam Keneday Brown, both Tennessee natives who had migrated to Texas sometime in the mid-1840s. Their first three children were born in Tennessee, the oldest, Jesse K., in

1834; daughter Josephine followed in 1841; Basil J., in 1845.

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CHAPTER NINE. Deontology

Anne Ginger Karnac Books ePub

Deontology consists in a set of professional rules of appropriate behaviour, specific for each profession. Deontology is thus collective and mandatory. Ethics, however, are based on a personal choice, specific for each individual, based on their own convictions: ethics are thus individual and free. In English, unfortunately, the term code of ethics is generally used instead of code of deontology—which is a source of misunderstanding.

The main points of the various codes of deontology for psychotherapists insist upon respect for the client, also urging the practitioner to avoid abusing his/her power, ideologically, politically, financially, spiritually, emotionally, or sexually (the rule of abstinence).

A psychotherapist must also scrupulously respect confidentiality during the sessions; he can always be prosecuted for violating professional secrecy—besides specific exceptions, provided for by the law.

This professional secrecy can be shared among colleagues, who themselves are bound by the same rule, and this is in the client’s best interests. This is the case during supervision, or when a psychotherapist consults a specialist to ask for his advice, or during institutional team meetings. In most cases, it is not necessary to disclose the client’s family name, or any intimate details that are not relevant to the issues at hand. A certain amount of discretion is thus always required. Simply mentioning the fact that a person is in psychotherapy is already to betray a secret to a certain extent: sometimes their spouse is not aware (be careful when leaving a phone message to reschedule an appointment). In a small town, where everyone knows everyone else, many people would feel embarrassed at the idea of having been seen knocking at the door of a psychotherapist’s office.

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