Clearly things had come to such a pass that it was not only inevitable that the two friends should part but better that they should do so.
Ernest Newman, The Life of Richard Wagner.
It was their last “congress,” the last time they saw one another. They continued to correspond for a while, ever more sparsely. Writing to Fliess in the summer of 1901, Freud once more gratefully recited his debts to him, but bluntly told him that they had drawn apart and that in personal as in professional matters “you have reached the limits of your perspicacity.”
Peter Gay, Freud: A Life for Our Time.
The actual end of the friendship was particularly difficult for Freud, and later in his life he seldom spoke of Fliess at all.
J. Moussaieff Masson, Introduction to The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904.
It should be added—
Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales.
My last letter was returned to me, . . .
In These Great Times: A Karl Kraus Reader.
. . . unanswered!
Richard Wagner, Lohengrin.
. . . stamped: “Shipped out. Address unknown.”
In These Great Times: A Karl Kraus Reader.
I spoke for the last time with Craig Dye on this date in the year 1993, 25 years ago. Can’t say that the end of my association with Craig was particularly difficult.
Daniel Shaw paper on cults:
Standing before you are three men all claiming to be Donald Trump. Mr. Trump is crazy and doesn’t know what he’s doing. Contestants, introduce yourselves to the panelists.
CONTESTANT NO. 1: My name is Donald Trump. I am crazy and I don’t know what I’m doing.
CONTESTANT NO. 2: Hello, my name is Donald Trump. I’m crazy and I don’t know what I’m doing.
CONTESTANT NO. 3: Good evening. I am the real Donald Trump. And I am crazy and I don’t know what I’m doing.
All three contestants claim to be the real Donald Trump. It will be your job to figure out who the real Donald Trump is.
[Flash forward to the end of the segment:]
Will the real Donald Trump please stand up.
[Donald Trump stands.]
Ah, Contestant no. 3. You had us fooled. I think we all thought it was Contestant no. 2. . . . Contestant no. 1, what is your real name and what do you really do.
CONTESTANT NO. 1: My name is Charles Lindbergh and I flew solo across the Atlantic in a single-engine purpose-built monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis.
And Contestant no. 2, tell us your real name and what you really do.
CONTESTANT NO. 3: My real name is Gary Freedman. And in the year 2016 I started a Twitter page devoted to imaginary conversations between me and my primary care doctor.
|From:||Gary Freedman <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||client — voc rehab|
|Date:||Sat, Jul 30, 2016 1:24 pm|
|Attachments:||gary-freedman-resume-1.pdf (350K), psychological test results.pdf (2522K), REQUEST OF GARY FREEDMAN FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION PURSUANT TO THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.docx (19K)|
In the future event I resume my job search activities with D.C. Voc Rehab I would like to add the following documents to my case file. Could you insert the documents in the three attachments to my case file? The three documents are:
1. an updated resume
2. results of recent (2014) psychological testing. The test results are not optimistic. They say I am extremely paranoid and that I have a serious anger management issue.
3. request for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
202 362 7064
This finding . . . demonstrates how early interpersonal experiences play an important role in shaping not only later interpersonal functioning, but also personality stability, which reflects variation in interpersonal, motivational, and emotional regulation.
This finding, in my opinion, possibly reveals important things about the social workers I see. They think having friends is the be all and end all. If you have friends you are securely attached, in their opinion. That’s deceptive, because if you only look at social relationships, you will not uncover insecure people who, in fact, use a social defense against their deep-seated anxieties. There are a lot of people like that.
It’s interesting to see that in me I don’t have relationships, but I have a lot of personality stability. I don’t fly off the handle about things that discombobulate other people, like getting fired from a job.
If you look at my “social worker” therapists’ reactions to my letters, well, they seem to get discombobulated about my writings. What does that say about their security generally, and what does it perhaps say about their attachment security? Is their apparent attachment security — their seemingly good social adjustment — deceptive? To what extent is their apparent attachment security defensive in nature? And perhaps, is it possible that the dogmatism of their interaction with me — You must have friends! –– reveals the fact that their social adjustment is to some degree defensive in nature.
When a person’s behavior is a defense against anxiety — rather than being a product of psychological health — the individual tends to be dogmatic. For example, a mentally healthy father might want his son to be active in sports for the child’s social development and the development of coordination and healthy habits. If the kid is not athletically-inclined, he won’t go nuts; there are other things the kid can do. On the other hand, a father who is insecure about masculinity issues and who defends against that with athletic ideals — and not for healthy reasons — will be dogmatic. You have to play sports! You have to be on the football team! Compare: You have to have friends!! Friends are the only source of happiness in life!
Why was Dr. Jama not discombobulated by my letter? Maybe he was a secure person — both securely attached and secure in his personality, generally. Perhaps, he had personality stability that was reflected in his relations with people as well as in his personality.
The author points out:
This might also be advocated by Margaret Wilkinson who, when discussing attunement between the therapist and client, cites studies that conclude: “… it was the quality of the relationship, rather than the theoretical orientation, that brought about a successful therapeutic outcome” (2010, p.45).
Dr. Fonagy has said the same thing. But I think that view is overly simplistic.
My thought is that there can be some correspondence between personality style and theoretical orientation. We can’t make hard and fast conclusions about such a relationship but I do believe there can be some relationship. As I have pointed out elsewhere, a therapist’s personality attribute of “openness to experience” would tend to push her in the direction of a theoretical orientation that would give full play to the therapist’s personality disposition to rely on “active imagination (fantasy), aesthetic sensitivity, attentiveness to inner feelings, preference for variety, and intellectual curiosity” — all facets of “openness to experience.”
Openness to experience has both motivational and structural components. People high in openness are motivated to seek new experiences and to engage in self-examination. Structurally, they have a fluid style of consciousness that allows them to make novel associations between remotely connected ideas. Closed people by contrast are more comfortable with familiar and traditional experiences. Perhaps a therapist with this disposition would favor a theoretical orientation that emphasizes a client’s introspection, self-examination, and allows the therapist to be receptive to giving the client client the freedom of making novel associations between remotely connected ideas. Perhaps, a therapist with this personality disposition would veer away from cognitive therapy as a theoretical orientation.
So, in some way there can be a relationship between the therapist’s personality style, the particular theoretical orientation he uses, and the way the therapist interacts with the client, and the client’s receptivity to that therapist.
That’s my thinking. But I tend to question accepted wisdom. Of course, I am a psychopathic deviate. Dr. Amsterdam challenged the accepted way of doing things and I liked Dr. Amsterdam. All these things are related: personality of the therapist, style of interacting with a client, theoretical orientation, and the client’s receptivity to the therapist.
I sent an email to Prof. Daniel Richman at Columbia Law School — James Comey’s good buddy and email launderer!!
I thought that as a former prosecutor you might be interested in the attached sworn statement I will be forwarding to the FBI. Fundamentally, the statement describes the perfect crime — the perfect felony that I appear to be committing.
SWORN STATMENT TO FBI RE SSA FRAUD
At the end of World War II hundreds of the Nazis who participated in the
systematic murder of 6,000,000 Jews and 5,000,000 Gypsies, Poles, and other “inferior” peoples slipped through the Allied net, many of them by means of O.D.E.S.S.A., the SS contingency escape apparatus. For cautionary more than vengeful reasons—to remind humanity that human nature is actually capable of acts that strain credulity—one of the survivors of the Nazi death camps, Simon Wiesenthal, has dedicated his life to documenting the genocide that occurred in Europe under Hitler and hunting down the perpetrators of that crime who are still at large. . . .
In 1954 the [Jewish Historical Documentation Center in Linz, Austria] was closed and its files given to the Yad Vashem archives in Israel—except one: the dossier on Adolf Eichmann, the inconspicuous technocrat who, as chief of the Gestapo’s Jewish department, had supervised the implementation of the “final solution.” . . . Wiesenthal never relaxed in his pursuit of the elusive Eichmann, who had
disappeared at the time of Germany’s defeat in World War II. Finally, through the collaborative efforts of Wiesenthal and Israeli agents, Eichmann was located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the alias of Ricardo Klement, in 1959.
Current Biography—Simon Wiesenthal. 1975.
The fugitive had . . .
Grant Allen, Hilda Wade.
. . . had the misfortune to attract the notice of someone who was willing to go to any lengths to catch him out.
Janet Malcolm, In the Freud Archives.
Captured and brought to Israel for trial, Eichmann was found guilty of mass murder and executed on May 31, 1961.
Current Biography—Simon Wiesenthal. 1975