Everything is simply analyzable !!

In the years 2011 to 2013 I was in psychotherapy with a psychiatry resident who had a problem with my “know it all” attitude.   He criticized a writing I had prepared that summarized my personality problems as I saw them. The resident accused me of sabotaging my therapy. He said the writing was a sign of my resistance.

I recently came across a paper written by a psychoanalyst that described a patient of his as follows: “She used manic defenses to be always correct and better than her analyst. Any interpretations I made, she had already thought of. This was to prevent the breakdown of her omnipotence and to avoid the loss of her fragile, idealized object.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3330553/

In psychoanalysis, the analyst analyzes the patient’s behavior.  Psychiatry residents simply criticize the patient’s behavior.

Personality Profiles in Eating Disorders: Rethinking the Distinction Between Axis I and Axis II

anorexia

Drew Westen, Ph.D.

Jennifer Harnden-Fischer, Ph.D.

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Drew Westen points out that anorexia nervosa can be associated with personality pathology centering on perfectionism.

His research disclosed that one category of anorexia patients had axis II pathology that centered on the following traits:

TABLE 1. SWAP-200a Items That Best Described Eating Disorder Patients in the High-Functioning/Perfectionistic Personality

Is articulate; can express self well in words. 3.09

Tends to be conscientious and responsible. 3.05

Tends to be self-critical; sets unrealistically high standards for self and is intolerant of own human defects. 2.61

Expects self to be “perfect” (e.g., in appearance, achievements, performance, etc.). 2.53

Tends to elicit liking in others. 2.35

Tends to be preoccupied with food, diet, or eating. 

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Is empathic; is sensitive and responsive to other peoples’ needs and feelings. 2.29

Is able to use his/her talents, abilities, and energy effectively and productively. 2.28

Has moral and ethical standards and strives to live up to them. 2.13

Appreciates and responds to humor. 2.10 Enjoys challenges; takes pleasure in accomplishing things. 1.98

Tends to feel guilty. 1.98

Is psychologically insightful; is able to understand self and others in subtle and sophisticated ways. 1.96

Has the capacity to recognize alternative viewpoints, even in matters that stir up strong feelings. 1.87

Is capable of hearing information that is emotionally threatening (i.e., that challenges cherished beliefs, perceptions, and self-perceptions) and can use and benefit from it. 1.86

Is creative; is able to see things or approach problems in novel ways. 1.76

Tends to be energetic and outgoing. 1.69

Finds meaning in belonging and contributing to a larger community (e.g., organization, church, neighborhood). 1.56

Tends to express affect appropriate in quality and intensity to the situation at hand. 1.55

Tends to be competitive with others (whether consciously or unconsciously). 1.54

Is able to assert him/herself effectively and appropriately when necessary. 1.52

Tends to be anxious. 1.48

Is able to find meaning and fulfillment in guiding, mentoring, or nurturing others. 1.46

Is capable of sustaining a meaningful love relationship characterized by genuine intimacy and caring. 1.44

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Anorexia is a disorder that is fundamentally rooted in a dissociated lack of awareness of needs — i.e., the individual’s lack of awareness of hunger or alimentary needs.  In that sense, anorexia seems related to schizoid disorder in that schizoid disorder centers on a dissociated lack of awareness of social needs.

Does my failure to take up the practice of law center on my anxieties relating to perfectionism — my need to be perfect?

Assuming this to be so creates an interesting linkage between my lack of social adjustment and my lack of occupational adjustment.  Perhaps my need to be perfect hinders my occupational adjustment just as my  dissociated lack of awareness of social needs (my schizoid tendencies) hinders my social adjustment.

Is there a hidden relationship between both my lack of social adjustment and my lack of occupational adjustment centering on an interrelated cluster of anxieties centering on perfectionism and a dissociated lack of awareness of needs?

Serial Enabling

My sister thinks my psychological problems are rooted in the fact that I had a co-dependent relationship with my mother.  Supposedly, my mother enabled my dependency — failing to encourage my independent development.  In my sister’s view, my mother “enabled” me.

Be that as it may.

If you look at my brother-in-law’s behavior, you can see that he was a serial co-dependent, turning everybody in his environment into his enabler.

    1.  My brother-in-law earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 1969.  (His uncle paid for his tuition (parasitism?).)  After college, his mother got him a job with the Camden, N.J. school district as a school teacher.  His mother had connections.  Through his mother’s enabling my brother-in-law got a job that he was not entitled to since under Camden’s standards and practices one was required to have credits in education in order to teach.  In this example, his mother enabled his fraud on the Camden School District as well his exploitation of the school children he taught.  I am not questioning his mother’s help in getting a job — I am questioning her enabling of his getting a job that he was not qualified to do.
    2.  In 1977 my brother-in-law was in a car accident in which he was not injured in the slightest.  He had a lawyer friend who enabled my brother-in-law’s admission to a hospital where he stayed for several days to concoct medical evidence for a fraudulent lawsuit against the other driver.  He used his friend to enable his fraud on the hospital, his medical insurer, the other driver, and the auto insurer.
    3. In the spring of 1982 my brother-in-law and sister went to Miami on vacation during the school year.  My brother-in-law had me call in sick for him every morning with the Camden School District.  He advised me to say, “I am Edward Jacobson.  I am sick today.”  He had me enable his fraud on the Camden Schools.
    4. At her death my mother owned a car, a Dodge Dart.  My sister was administrator of my mother’s estate.  The law required that my sister, as administrator, sell the car and pay the proceeds into my mother’s estate.  My brother-in-law had my sister keep the car and register the car in her name.  My brother-in-law had his wife enable his fraud on me, my mother’s estate, and the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles.  My sister did not have clear title to that vehicle.  Later, my brother-in-law sold the car.  My sister represented to the buyer that she had title (which she did not) — my sister enabled my brother-in-law’s fraud on the buyer of the vehicle and the New Jersey Department of motor vehicles.

This is “serial ennabling.” My brother-in-law  got everybody in his environment to enable his misconduct and illegal behavior.  He was a co-dependent.  But not simply co-dependent.  The behavior that was enabled was all fraudulent or illegal.  This is psychopathic co-dependency.

I have simply listed four incidents that I know about.  Where there other incidents?  The ancient Romans had a saying: “What goes on in the light also goes on in the dark.”  Saying it another way, “When you see one cockroach, you can be sure that there’s a thousand more cockroaches behind the wall.”

Is Justice Gorsuch anti-Jewish?

On Justice Gorsuch’s first day on the U.S. Supreme Court he peppered lawyers with questions about the “plain meaning” of statutes:

The NY Times reported:

“But Justice Gorsuch approached the case with relish, and he made what is likely to become one of his signature points, that the court’s job is limited to reading the words of the statute under review.

‘Looking at the plain words of the statute,’ he told a lawyer, Christopher Landau. ‘If you could just help me with that.’

Again, later:

Justice Gorsuch returned to his by now usual refrain. “Why shouldn’t we follow the plain language and the traditional understanding of the word ‘action’?” he asked.

Justice Gorsuch’s predecessor on the Court, Antonin Scalia harshly criticized the Court’s reliance on legislative history as an aid in interpreting statutes.  He argued that the Court should rely instead in most cases on a statute’s “plain meaning,” derived from an ordinary understanding of the words and structure of statutory text.  Gorsuch and Scalia seem to be saying, “The hell with context, the hell with the worldview of the authors of the text.”

I have a remote association to this style of thinking; I associate to fundamentalist Christians.  They seem to want to ignore the fact that Jesus and his disciples — the authors of the Christian bible — were Jews.  They would have adherents ignore the Jewish context of the Christian bible and the Jewish worldview of that text’s authors.  They would have adherents ignore the fact that the last supper was a Passover seder, for example.  Again, their motto seems to be “The hell with context, the hell with the worldview of the authors of the text.”

That’s just my association.

I Never Learned How to tie My Shoelaces?

Dr. Bornstein:

I am familiar with your work on dependent personalities. It’s my sister’s view that I am a dependent person — that my mother enabled my dependency and never encouraged my independence. I created a brief outline of my personality pathology that I enclose in the attachment to this email. The MMPI did not disclose dependency (MMPI need for reassurances T = 56; MMPI need for autonomy T = 58). I thought you might have an academic interest in my case which combines the appearance of dependence with other significant psychopathology. My MMPI diagnosis was Personality Disorder not otherwise specifed with prominent schizoid, narcissistic, avoidant and depressive traits.

Gary Freedman

Significant Moments Revision: Justice Gorsuch’s First Day

” . . . May heaven have mercy on the European intellect if one wanted to subtract the Jewish intellect from it.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Letter to His Mother or His Sister.
Attention must be paid!
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman.
Aye, to whom?
O. Henry, To Him Who Waits.
. . . the Jews.
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda.
Why the Jews?
Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin, Why the Jews?: The Reason for
Antisemitism.
. . . what is due them?
O. Henry, Schools and Schools.
“I’m sorry for interrupting . . . . If you would just answer my question, I would be grateful.”
Adam Liptak, Bitter Fight Behind Him, Justice Gorsuch Starts Day With
Relish.
What Is Due Them?
Thomas Aquinas, Richard J. Regan and William P. Baumgarth, On Law, Morality, and Politics.
What Europe owes to the Jews?—Many things, good and bad, and above all one thing of the nature both of the best and the worst: the grand style in morality, the fearfulness and majesty of infinite demands, of infinite significations, the whole Romanticism and sublimity of moral questionableness—and consequently just the most attractive, ensnaring, and exquisite element in those iridescences and allurements to life, in the aftersheen of which the sky of our European culture, its evening sky, now glows—perhaps glows out. For this, we artists among the spectators and philosophers, are—grateful to the Jews.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil.
What does this mean? Is he just mad?
Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.
—that’s all gibberish!—
The Diary of Richard Wagner 1865-1882 – The Brown Book.
Of course it’s gibberish!
Eric Flint and Richard Roach, Forward the Mage.

Justice Gorsuch’s First Day

Yesterday was Justice Gorsuch’s first day on the U.S. Supreme Court.  At oral argument he’s already peppering lawyers with questions about the “plain meaning” of statutes:

Today’s NY Times reported:

“But Justice Gorsuch approached the case with relish, and he made what is likely to become one of his signature points, that the court’s job is limited to reading the words of the statute under review.

‘Looking at the plain words of the statute,’ he told a lawyer, Christopher Landau. ‘If you could just help me with that.’

Again, later:

Justice Gorsuch returned to his by now usual refrain. “Why shouldn’t we follow the plain language and the traditional understanding of the word ‘action’?” he asked.

I don’t get these right wing jurists and their obsession with plain meaning.  The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law . . . ” abridging freedom of the press.  The meaning seems plain and absolute.   But we know that the freedom to publish doesn’t apply to defamation, or pornography, or threats, or publishing government secrets.  Plain meaning is a lot of crap in my opinion.  Maybe David Callet understands this plain meaning mumbo jumbo.  I don’t!

Rules of construction are just a jurist’s bag of tricks.  They will whip out one or another of these to arrive at the outcome they want in any particular case.

email Message to Prof. Christopher Hopwood, Michigan State University

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Dr. Hopwood:

I am familiar with your paper “The Interpersonal Core of Personality Pathology.” The attachment contains a summary of my personality symptoms. I thought you might have an academic interest in this list. The MMPI disclosed that I have a personality disorder not otherwise specified with prominent avoidant, narcissistic, schizoid and depressive traits.

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC

http://psychology.msu.edu/Faculty/FacultyMember.aspx?netid=hopwood2

Tea with Melanie Klein

The salt shaker falls to the floor

crystals disengage

a muted trumpet heralds the beginning

or is it the end?

we sit in the shade

winter had kept us warm, covering

Earth in forgetful snow

Melanie Klein invites us in for tea

we talk for an hour.

–Gary Freedman, April 15, 2017