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Sep. 20th, 2002 | 12:27 am

So monday I was at my therapy session and my therapist said something unexpected. I was explaining how I found it odd that in a country where the current people in power are happily trying to restrict peoples freedoms except for the right to own a gun.

She then mentioned that they'd probably try to limit ownership to conservative white men. I responded with, there has been no need since that's the only group really interested in owning guns.

She then paused a bit, looked at me strangely, and said that "You must spend a lot of time being depressed."

I responded with yes, why do you ask?

Aparently my reasoning made her nervous, and at that point she realized I have the tendency to evaluate the world and somewhere in the realm between complete rationality and pessimism draw conclusions about how the world works. And unfortunatly seeing the world without illusions of something to proect us tends to be depressing.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Sep. 20th, 2002 04:52 am (UTC)
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studies have shown that depressed people are more realistic about life, non-depressed ones more optimistic. i find it ironic and also pretty disturbing that people who are more realistic about the world are considered to be the sick ones by modern psychology & medicine. most shrinks & doctors never seem to realize that maybe there *is* something wrong with this world.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 24th, 2002 01:32 am (UTC)
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I thought the societal mandate to the psychologists was to make people "contented cogs in the capitalist contraption".

(Contraption perhaps isn't the best word, but I like the alliteration, and the vision of the US economy lurching along is amusing)

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wig

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from: wig
date: Sep. 28th, 2002 06:12 am (UTC)
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I thought the societal mandate to the psychologists was to make people "contented cogs in the capitalist contraption".

It took me ages to figure that out.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 3rd, 2002 11:20 pm (UTC)
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sorry... the path that lead me to the expression probably helped. (people as just cogs in the machine... hmm... cogs... what's a synonym for machine that starts with C?)

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wig

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from: wig
date: Oct. 3rd, 2002 11:58 pm (UTC)
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I meant I came to the SAME CONCLUSION independently, that to a large extent the function of psychologists is to help people be content with living in a screwed up (and, not coincidentally, capitalist) world, but it took me a helluva long time to come to that conclusion on my own!

Hmmm, hope I made myself clear, I think my punctuation skills have suffered since I moved to England.

I like your wording, 'capitalist contraption'. :)

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Happy Fun Nuala

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from: hfnuala
date: Sep. 20th, 2002 04:56 am (UTC)
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*nod* Even when I'm not depressed I score badly on one of the depression indexes cause I believe the world sucks. But it isn't depression, it's a carefully considered political opinion!

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