"What we call 'normal' is a product of repression, denial, splitting, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience. It is radically estranged from the structure of being. The more one sees this, the more senseless it is to continue with generalized descriptions of supposedly specifically schizoid, schizophrenic, hysterical 'mechanisms.' There are forms of alienation that are relatively strange to statistically 'normal' forms of alienation. The 'normally' alienated person, by reason of the fact that he acts more or less like everyone else, is taken to be sane. Other forms of alienation that are out of step with the prevailing state of alienation are those that are labeled by the 'formal' majority as bad or mad." 

R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience

tirsdag den 20. oktober 2009

Jeanette Winterson, "In Praise of The Crack-Up"

Via Ron Unger's blog kom jeg i går over den britiske forfatter Jeanette Winterson's artikel "In Praise of The Crack-Up".

Nogle citater fra artiklen:

"My creativity pulled me out of a hopeless childhood, and gave my life meaning and shape. But I have always had various forms of manic depression, (just can't bring myself to call it "bipolar"— whoever invented that dismal term must have been uni-polar—a condition I define as being permanently tethered to the banal)."

"...I'd rather have my own suffering than someone else's solution."

"Wounding—real or symbolic—is both mark and marker. It is an opening in the self, painful but transformative."

"We know from 100 years of psychoanalytic investigation that an early trauma, often buried or unavailable to consciousness, is the motif that plays through our lives. We meet it again and again in different disguises. We are wounded again in the same place. This doesn't turn us into victims. Rather, we are people in search of a transformation of the real."

Jeg kunne blive ved... Læs artiklen - på, og miraklernes tid er åbenbart ikke forbi, Wall Street Journal's hjemmeside.

1 kommentar:

Janne sagde ...

Jeg synes det er en indsigtsfuld, tankevækkende og smuk artikel, og jeg har nydt at læse den.

Og jeg genkender ikke så lidt og finder en slags forløsning i at læse en andens ord for det - fint og godt, synes jeg).

Tak for at gøre opmærksom på den :-).