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Re: Was I being critical of T?

Posted by sigismund on August 6, 2010, at 2:11:44

In reply to Re: Was I being critical of T? sigismund, posted by violette on August 5, 2010, at 20:41:55

Let's start at the beginning :)

>As for the topic of projective identification in your other thread....I can only think about that in the morning and right after coffee.

I have asked people here before and been answered, but any explanation will be one I forget.
If I knew the feelings it referred to in me, that would be different.
Ah, the good old days when your psychiatrist would give you an injection of amphetamine and have you understanding this by the end of the session.

When you say 'Do you copy?', I assume you mean 'Do you copy?', so if I understand you correctly, the answer is yes.
It was more of a problem in my 20s. I'd find myself using other peoples' voices and mannerisms.
I understood this in the language of my T who spoke about digestion.
All children copy which is how they learn, but when an adult copies like that it is disturbing because it lacks the expected elements of digestion and synthesis.
I had endless problems about this, or issues related, and conversely it informs the most basic parts of me, my empathy, fear and humour.
I was taking acid with someone who looked at me and said, talking of his shrink (as you do)
'Egos are just fictional entities'
which certainly sounded profound at the time and a little scary.

Then again, as I said to someone in a post here using various things I'd copied
"I am me as you are we as you are me and we are all together
On the other hand, hell is other people.
What's the weather like? Warm enough for a nice dip?"

So I suppose like everything it cuts both ways.




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