DSM-V Coffee Diagnosis
Date: Sat, June 15, 2013 2:29 pm
Subject: Re: [psysr-disc] The Sickening Snowden Backlash
As a child, if I sat and was quiet it was because I was devising my next plan of action. And, I'm still doing the same. When I ask kids why they did something drastic, it's always that they were told to sit down and be quiet. People need to listen to them.
Same with whistleblowers.
My point went to the integrity of people in that kind of "behavior managed" situation. Dan Ellsberg spoke to the increasing complexity of the challenge (compared to that with Bradley Manning and himself); Birgitta Jonsdottir was engaged with the possibility of Snowden coming to Iceland. That "something drastic" is a commonplace response: What's needed also is a more thorough description of the emotional dynamics involved. "Wanting to kill your father, marry your mother" is an over-simplified Western version of the "dangerous" experience, I'd say.
When I was in closed psychiatric lockup, the person who took my bed when I was moved to a nearby room was a young Kuwaiti man. He got in a "cultural" conflict with the medical staff, because of (what we might call) the "GLBTQ implications" of their plan to give him an enema. The conflict disrupted the ward, and in the end the staff agreed to call the Kuwaiti embassy and ask for their help in reaching out to that (otherwise compliant) patient. In other words, social responsibility is an essential element of support for the person's "life project."
The whistleblowers have to face the kind of psychological impediments of the mad who are under psychiatric oppression. Dan and Birgitta have spoken well to the matter of integrity with regard to the transcendent responsiveness of Edward Snowden.
ABO "Andrew Behavior Object"