Opinion

Opinion

Empowered Women Stand Tall

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt takes conscience, compassion, clarity, and courage to empower a victim of abuse. This whole business of empowerment is a sham, opines Mona, showing us the light at the end of the tunnel, exclusively for Different Truths. There has been a great deal of band baja about women’s empowerment lately. I was at a gathering last week, […]

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Mental Illness: Animal Symbolicum Compete in the Personality System, Conflict with or Rule Out Others – VI

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs if matters were not complicated enough, as animal symbolicum you have not confined yourself to one such notion of the desirable. You appear to delight in generating, or actually to be compelled to generate many such notions. Some of these symbolisations compete in the personality system with others for allocation of energy or effort. […]

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Neurosis, Inner Reality, Animal Symbolicum and Mental Illness – V

Reading Time: 5 minutesSymbolisation has both an abstractive, formulative, or conceptual aspect, on the one hand, and a suasive or communicative aspect, on the other. A psychotherapist may err in preferring to understand a patient’s symbolisations almost exclusively in interpersonal terms, that is, as messages, opines the renowned psychiatrist, Prof. Ashoka, in the fifth part of his erudite […]

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Concept of Psychic Reality and Conflicts between Imagined Entities for a Mental Patient – IV

Reading Time: 5 minutesAstonishingly enough, after an hour of hesitation, strain, hints of passion, or explicit torment, muteness, imprecations, or beseeching, the patient may rise calmly from his incumbent position, perhaps indicate, however fleetingly, his recognition of the psychoanalyst as psychoanalyst, and go about his business, relatively untroubled, only to immerse himself once again in his creation the […]

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Mental Illness: Is Schizophrenia Rooted in Childhood Symbolisation? – III

Reading Time: 5 minutesAdult schizophrenic persons are not big children, and my experience with children has not led me to the conclusion that the schizophrenic person has simply returned to a form of symbolisation he knew as a child, or that children symbolise the way schizophrenic persons do,” opines Prof. Ashoka, a renowned Psychiatrist, in the third part […]

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The Idea of a Mental Illness: Is it a Response Located in Psychic Reality? – II

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe more radical formulation holds that the etiologic event of mental illness, the event to which the illness is a response, is always located in psychic reality, is always ultimately an internalised, relatively stable or structuralised symbolic form or forms representing a conception or conceptions of reality—and never events in the situation in and of […]

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National Anthem Debate and the Apex Court: Individual Identity vs. National Identity?

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe Supreme Court had earlier ruled that non-observance of respect towards the National Anthem was a criminal offence wishes to re-visit the issue and has asked the Union Government to elaborate its contention once again. The fundamental issue that they would have to rule upon is whether an individual’s right to disrespect the national symbols […]

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The Right to Differ is a Right by Birth!

Reading Time: 4 minutesRaising questions is not to be seen as a division between the conformists and the non-conformists. The conformists abide by the rules and norms because those rules and norms protect them. If all are protected equally on the time-span considered, then perhaps no non-conformism comes, opines Dr. Bhaskar, exclusively in Different Truths. Something goes terribly […]

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The Idea of a Mental Illness: Is Disease a Historical Concept? – I

Reading Time: 6 minutesDisease is necessarily a “historical” concept; that is, any disease represents an imagined sequence of events. Signs and symptoms are the objectively observable manifestations of an inferred process. One class of events is made up of those events that are termed etiologic. Etiologic events are those that are necessary and those that are sufficient to […]

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Yoga, Meditation, and Psychotherapy – Karma, Guru, and Liberation – II

Reading Time: 8 minutesFor the patient, psychotherapy may be seen as an attempt to improve Karma in this life. In part, the therapist offers this in the role of the guru who shows the patient ways to unhook from old patterns by the liberation of self from attachment to the neurotic past, opines Prof. Ashoka, in this erudite […]

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