Posted by finelinebob on May 9, 2004, at 14:25:59
In reply to Re: Re: Bellyaching etal » finelinebob, posted by 64bowtie on May 9, 2004, at 13:41:17
> Denial.... is not just a river in Egypt...
Hmmm ... so are we Americans worse at psychology or geography? I'd bet most Americans think Denial is somewhere in Europe or South America.
I think there's a Cult of Rationality out there that is the root of the problem. The cultural ghosts of BF Skinner and Behaviorism are still too strong. People should act rationally, and irrational behavior is to be shunned and feared.
I remember rather clearly being upset about what some other kids were saying to me. Can't remember what they said, but I remember what my dad said: "Just because someone calls you a 'rat-tailed baby babboon', it doesn't mean that you are one." Well, I'm sorry dad, but the way MY mind works, yes it does. A rational response doesn't take away the pain.
If you ask me, irrationality is more natural than rationality. So, perhaps irrational pains and fears are more natural and more real than rational ones. But that's just me.