From: "Andrew Phelps" <>

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Subject: [s-acc] banging [2]

Date: Sat 06/02/12 08:03 PM



I'm turning my head around "banging" - the psychology of being when all one has left one can do is "occupy." This last week or so I've gone twice to Sacramento to engage the present "meltdown" of the CNMHC - to get insight into the "banging" that's happening all about. We work past "pellet joy" and we work against stereotyping, for dignity and the sensitive measure of socially responsible behavior. When behavior is occupied and when self-expression is transcended by the meaning of what we do, we express our being in a "working" vein rather than in a "control" vein.

Freud distinguished how we make mistakes in realization of our expression of self, as "slips." Many of us are familiar with how he denied the social content of abuse and trauma: What we experience from that is the "psychology of denial." If rather we engage abuse and trauma - and challenge denial - our "slips" move from control to social responsibility and the lived experience is .. "banging." The occupation of behavior has the continual problematic of the "bang" and so we must engage the meaning of that type of experience.

As I discussed before, the "bang" behavior can have abuse and trauma type consequences or it can have "dance" type qualities where ritual replaces damage. For the client/survivors, we face "triggers" where deep (and classically conditioned) abuse and trauma renders another's "bang" stunning. We also face "sneer" type lived experience where the commonplace (and instrumentally conditioned) degradation of ourselves as "behavior objects" is the feeling experienced. And it's the "bully" behavior, that engages us painfully from the framework of self-expression rather than that of social responsibility, that calls for criticism and protective ideation.

The "lived experience" of "banging" thus involves the dangers of "occupation" - what we now identify as the "pepper spray" (bully behavior) on top of the problematics of denial (marginalization). The grace of our beings impels us to socially accountable ritual that challenges our oppression by behavior management in a "creatively maladjusted" manner - asking of us much care and sensitivity. We identify "boundary concerns" from over-reaction to the violence of the 1%, like Ed found with ValueOptions, like Sue foound in facing the recklessly irresponsible control system of the NEA. Lived experience requires us to comprehend behavior management  [a] directly and [b] with awareness of its social and historical roots.


ABO "Andrew Behavior Object"