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

Afanasy Shaur, a member of the Russian Baltic Fleet, organized this gay wedding in Petrograd in 1921. The event featured elements of a traditional Russian wedding, such as a special bread presented with a dish of salt for the betrothed … 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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1933: The Very Ideology to which it Owes its Origin

Wilhelm Reich on the connections among repression, sexual guilt (indoctrinated into children and adolescents through the family), patriarchy, capitalism, fascism, violent religious fanaticism, the construction of the other, and imperialism: The patriarchal authoritarian sexual order…becomes the primary basis of authoritarian … Continue reading

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1904: A Nightmare

In 1904…I was staying at the Hotel Scholastika, on the borders of the Aachensee, in Austria. I dreamed one night that I was walking down a sort of pathway between two fields, separated from these last by high iron railings, … Continue reading

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2010: Can’t Buy Me Love

“This research provides the first evidence that money interferes with  people’s  ability  to  savor  positive  emotions  and  experiences.  In  a  large  sample  of  working  adults,  we  found  that  wealthier individuals reported lower savoring ability. Indeed, the negative impact of money … Continue reading

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