Tag Archives: Psychology

1878: Dream

I had the earliest dream I can remember, a dream which was to preoccupy me all my life. I was then between three and four years old. The vicarage stood quite alone near Laufen castle, and there was a big … Continue reading

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1970: Knots

A selection from R. D. Laing’s Knots (1970). Here is another: Mother loves me because she is good I am bad, to think she is bad therefore if I am good she is good and loves me because I am … Continue reading

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2106: Transitional Object

In 2016, Cornelia Parker installed this replica of the house from Hitchcock’s Psycho on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city. It’s made from repurposed wood from a red barn; the title of the work … Continue reading

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1816: The Visions of Thomas Martin

Thomas Martin was born in Gallardon, France in 1783. Beginning in 1816, he began to see visions of an elegantly dressed young man who called himself the Archangel Raphael. The youth commanded Martin to travel to Paris to see King … Continue reading

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2017: Be a Resilient Cooperator

Do human beings act purely out of self-interest? The Prisoners’ Dilemma is a classic puzzle designed to test and explore this question: Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no … Continue reading

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1920: Drag

Drag ball in the USSR, 1920’s From a review of Dan Healey’s Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: Famously, the Russian Revolution brought the decriminalization of homosexuality in an act both nearly unique in Europe and astonishingly advanced in a country … Continue reading

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1961: Schizoanalysis

“The salvation of our world lies in the hands of the maladjusted.” MLK speaks at the 1961 Transportation Workers Union convention: There are certain words in every academic discipline which soon become stereotypes and clichés. Every [academic] discipline has its … Continue reading

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