Opinion

Opinion

Who is Slamming Education and Suppressing Counter-Narrative?

Reading Time: 4 minutesA healthy debate is a rarity among the present generation. The sole reason is that a debate requires two sets of people with two different mindsets but with a common aim of development. Kabir questions the lack of healthy debate, exclusively for Different Truths. Pity the nation that raises not its voice, save when it […]

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The Game of Life and Death…

Reading Time: 6 minutes  The concept of ‘good death’ (euthanasia) existed in the ancient world.  Medical assistance was not needed when the Homeric warrior died as a hero and was expected to accept death with resignation. Later the city-state regarded as heroes the men fallen for the cause of the community, honouring these model citizens as those who died […]

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Psychotherapy Paradigms in Schizophrenia: Patients Function at Levels of Symbolisation – VIII

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe schizophrenic person often functions at a level of symbolisation where the materials that he uses to represent and communicate include, as in a dream, actions, body parts and sensations, and the eliciting of feelings in the psychotherapist. As in a dream, he represents meanings by their opposites and condenses many meanings in one representation. […]

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Psychotherapy Paradigms in Schizophrenia: Understanding the Symbolisation Process of the Patient – VII

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe object world may fail to encourage, support, or reward the effort to achieve or sustain higher levels of functioning. Since symbolisation processes are significantly future-oriented, persistent disappointment or the thwarting of expectations may lead to the conviction that it is futile to expend effort in achieving higher levels of symbolisation. Here’s the seventh and […]

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Psychotherapy Paradigms in Schizophrenia: Recognise a Patient’s Pain – VI

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt is certainly possible to recognise a patient’s pain and to let him know you recognise it: that is a great deal! It is not necessary to try to make the pain go away or to promise that it will. In fact, nothing is so destructive to a relationship with a patient as the implicit […]

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In Defence of Euthanasia: The Right to Refuse Treatment and Die with Dignity

Reading Time: 16 minutesIn a historic and landmark judgement on Friday (March 9), the Supreme Court of India allowed passive euthanasia. A Constitution Bench, led by the CJI Dipak Misra upheld that the fundamental right to life and dignity includes right to refuse treatment and die with dignity. It stated that the fundamental right to a “meaningful existence” […]

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Psychotherapy Paradigms in Schizophrenia: Persecuted by Love – V

Reading Time: 4 minutesA patient eventually helped the doctor (read author) to understand that he had felt persecuted by love and that as he had felt love to be dangerous to him—this had something to do with his mother, too, of course—so he felt his own love to be dangerous to others. It was then perhaps that the […]

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Psychotherapy Paradigms in Schizophrenia: Object-Representation is Part of the Patient – IV

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe object world that constitutes the obstacle is the object world as the patient conceives it to be, his symbolic representations of it. Our manipulations of the object world do not necessarily affect his conceptions of it. A situation may be changed or he may be removed from it, but he carries his symbolic representations […]

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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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