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Psychotherapy Paradigms in Schizophrenia: Understanding the Symbolisations of the Patients – III

Reading Time: 5 minutesA psychotherapist seeks to understand the symbolisations of his patient, in both their aspects as suasive messages or communications to the psychotherapist and their aspects as representations of conceptions of the patient’s world and self. The psychotherapist seeks to respond to his patient’s symbolisations in ways that symbolise and communicate his understanding of them to […]

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Psychotherapy Paradigms in Schizophrenia: Trapped in Nightmares – II

Reading Time: 5 minutesNightmares occur rather during the three stages of successively deeper sleep, and stage four, the period of deepest sleep, is also the period of the most severe nightmares. The nightmare is described as a massive failure of ego functioning, from which the subject awakens with a bloodcurdling scream, dissociated, confused, hallucinating, and unresponsive to the […]

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Psychotherapy Paradigms in Schizophrenia: Recovering Distorted and Damaged Images – I

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis experience is much different from the difficulty the schizophrenic patient has in retaining from one session to another an image of the psychotherapist in his mind to whom he can speak. Following each session, this image slips away, is damaged, and is distorted. Over and over again, this image must be recovered and repaired […]

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Crisis in Democracy: Is it a Protest or a Mutiny by the Four Judges to Rebel against the CJI?

Reading Time: 5 minutesLegal stalwarts and eminent personalities like former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee and former Attorney-General of India Soli Sorabjee have expressed great condemnation towards the step taken by the judges. The act has been criticised on the grounds of shaking the base of faith in the judiciary and involving politics. The mutiny has been stated […]

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Will the Politicians Step Aside and let the Judges Need to Sort Out their Problems!

Reading Time: 2 minutesThere is no qualitative difference in India between one political formation and another. And yet there filthy political parasites are making comments and imputations on judges. Can anyone imagine a more odiously hypocritical proposition, asks Prof. Ashoka, in the second follow-up to his opinion piece, exclusively for Different Truths.   Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna once a […]

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Freud and the Processes of Thinking in Schizophrenia – II

Reading Time: 4 minutesFreud debated whether it might be more useful to conceptualise the difference between consciousness and unconsciousness in terms of a functional change of state of the psychic apparatus—as we might say, of the system of symbolic processes and internalised symbolic forms, explains Prof. Ashoka, in the second part of the three-part erudite research, in the […]

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Spare the Judiciary: Five Topmost Judges of India Need Patient Hearing to Tide Over the Crises

Reading Time: 5 minutesJudiciary is the only institution that sustains our faith in democracy as the filthy politicians of all shades have vitiated both the legislature and the executive; and as far as the press is concerned, the less said the better! It is fatally compromised, opines Prof. Ashoka, reacting to the mudslinging and barbs at the five […]

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Deep Crises in the Judiciary: Four Supreme Court Judges Shoot Salvos on the Chief Justice of India

Reading Time: 3 minutesDeep crises in the judiciary were out in the public domain, as four Supreme Court judges J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph released a letter, in a press conference, raising questions over the justice delivery system and allocation of cases. Prof. Ashoka examines the fissure in the judiciary and gives his opinion, […]

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The Language of Schizophrenia – I

Reading Time: 4 minutesLanguage and what we experience through it has been deeply contested by various scholars. A renowned psychiatrist, Prof. Ashoka, delves into the theory of language, its symbolisations and much more, as interpreted by Sullivan, Cassirer, Whorf, Sapir, Lidz, and Freud, in the first part of this three-part erudite research, in the weekly column. A Different […]

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Padmini in the Ocean of Controversies

Reading Time: 5 minutesPadmini’s narrative has found itself being retold in several ways over several centuries, in the form of poems, stories, dance dramas, comic books, plays, and films. Each retelling is unique in its way, located in the context of its own time, opines Tapati, with reference to the raging controversies, surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, in […]

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