Download PDF by Neville Symington: A Pattern of Madness

By Neville Symington

ISBN-10: 1855752794

ISBN-13: 9781855752795

Born of wide-ranging scholarship, a lifetime's psychoanalytic perform and deep own dedication and fight, this publication will problem specialist practitioners within the box and all those that take a significant curiosity in realizing the human psyche.

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They are personal creations. They are created in the face of currents that pull the individual in the opposite direction. An individual is pulled towards brutality and brashness, and in combating it he aeates gentleness. Another individual is afraid and wants to take flight, and he creates the response of courage. What is combated needs to be thought in emotional terms. These currents that pull the individual in the opposite direction are the "raw FREEDOM 39 material" out of which the creation is fashioned.

Right and wrong are differentiated according to paths generated by the necessary or the contingent. The contingent has a strong pull--even sometimes an addictive one-but the necessary always sends signals through the complexities of the personality that reach the ego if there is sufficient contemplative space for it to be reached. The emotional structure that I have been describing is the lens through which we see the world. The world I see through a free structure is very different from the one I see through imprisoned eyes.

There is a conceptual contradiction the resolution of which cannot be grasped by the mind. Kant realized that the mind was limited in its capabilities, and this is the clearest instance of it. Christian theologians, such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, were correct in saying, within their for- ONTOLOGY 31 mulation, that the reason why God created was utterly mysterious. Spinoza, however, as far as I am aware, does not say that the fact of contingent existence is mysterious. He argues that God the Absolute exists in different modes.

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