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Chapter Nine - Destroying the Knowledge of the Need for Love

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David Morgan

“Autobiography” by Louis MacNeice

In my childhood trees were green

And there was plenty to be seen.

Come back early or never come.

My father made the walls resound,

He wore his collar the wrong way round.

Come back early or never come.

My mother wore a yellow dress,

Gentle, gently, gentleness.

Come back early or never come.

When I was five the black dreams came;

Nothing after was quite the same.

Come back early or never come.

The dark was talking to the dead;

The lamp was dark beside my bed.

Come back early or never come.

When I woke they did not care;

Nobody, nobody was there.

Come back early or never come.

When my silent terror cried,

Nobody, nobody replied.

Come back early or never come.

I got up; the chilly sun

Saw me walk away alone.

Come back early or never come.

(Kind permission for the reproduction of this poem granted from the publisher Faber & Faber)

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15. Registering Time

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Typically, a young child is supposed to be innocent and curious before he grows into a bold and optimistic young adult who then proceeds to become a sagacious and serene old person. Of course, this is a gross idealisation of the reality, for there are many trials and troubles that lie upon this path of development. Not least, new and alarming experiences generally make us feel as small and vulnerable as a baby and it is difficult to tolerate this as an inevitable emotional accompaniment to change and maturation. This chapter is about man’s lifespan development. It offers no recipes or solutions and seeks only to describe some of the problems.

‘I want to grow down’, one six year old said. Birthdays to her were not markers of moving on, but demands for going forwards which she dreaded. She wanted to go backwards. She was afraid of not being able to manage becoming more independent from her mother and of the growing expectations that she should be able to share people and possessions with other children.

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Chapter Five - Female Destructiveness in Fairy Tales and Myths

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Anneli Larmo

Introduction

We read more and more often in newspapers of violent acts performed by girls and women. One such report was published in Helsingin Sanomat in September 2011. It stated that girls between twelve and eighteen years old accepted beating and were not ashamed to express violence. On the other hand, the same article declared that, when interviewed, the same girls said that one should not hit other people and that conflicts ought to be resolved by talking. In October 2011, the newspaper reported that teenage girls physically attacked their peers in Espoo and, in April, 2012 another newspaper, Hufvudstadtsbladet, wrote, “The woman who killed her two children mitigated her crime by saying that she wanted to punish her husband for having left her and the children for another woman”. What do such news stories tell us about girls and young women today? What is our relationship to girls’ and women's violence today? Do we judge it more severely than boys’ violent behaviour? What about the cultural norms: are they different for boys and girls? Finally, how do the unconscious wishes, fears, and fantasies about woman/mother affect our relationship to girls’ and women's violence?

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THE CIRCUIT: MAKE OR BREAK

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THE CIRCUIT: MAKE OR BREAK

We are not machines but we do share a few characteristics with them.

One is that we can become overloaded not only by what comes in from outside our heads (noises, sights, smells, sensations etc.) but also by our own stuff – especially feelings. Put simply, when we feel too much our ability to function becomes very much impaired. We become much less able to think straight and to communicate well.

This temporary circuit ‘outage’ happens quickly. It is sometimes called neurotransmitters produced by our brains. Our brain literally becomes tities, allow us to both think and feel at the same time. But the more of it becomes to think straight. At some point (different for each of us) our circuit trips.

Effective feedback makes people feel bad enough to want to change but not so bad that they can’t function. Bad quality feedback trips other people’s circuits quickly with the result that good outcomes are rare.

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2. Assessment of violence in medium-secure units

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Ian Treasaden

Medium-secure units are for those with mental disorder whose disruptive and/or dangerous behaviour requires psychiatric treatment in conditions of greater security than is provided in ordinary hospitals, including locked local secure and intensive care units, but less than in special hospitals. Most units take predominantly male individuals suffering from severe psychotic mental illness, particularly paranoid schizophrenia, who have dangerously offended—for example, those charged with manslaughter, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and arson with intent. It was intended that aggressive psychopaths and the severely mentally impaired should be excluded, but, though medium-secure units rarely take those with a legal diagnosis of psychopathic disorder directly, they each do take a number of such individuals as a graded step in their rehabilitation from special hospitals.

Although medium-secure units are generally funded for their in-patient services, much of their work involves the assessment elsewhere of mentally abnormal offenders, often for courts, or of other individuals who are not formally charged with offences but whose behaviour gives rise to concern that they might pose serious risk to others.

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