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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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Of Tragedies and Human Bonding.

Reading Time: 4 minutesBig tragedies bring out the best in human beings. The nameless-faceless mass of people offers their resourcefulness. This is what is so significantly remarkable. Their altruism goes beyond them even as they themselves may be at risk. Yet they offer it all – kindness in adversity, unmatched improvisations and support to survive. How one even […]

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Yoga, Meditation, and Psychotherapy: Concepts & Misconceptions

Reading Time: 7 minutesOn the occasion of World Mental Health Day (October 10 every year), Prof. Ashoka tells us how he has been guiding young psychotherapists. He draws an interesting parallel between Yoga, meditation, and psychotherapy, dispelling the Western misconceptions about it, in the first part of the two-part erudite research on the subject, in his weekly column. […]

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A Sense of Humour is not Being Funny!

Reading Time: 5 minutesHaving a sense of humour is not the same as being funny. The latter implies being able to tell a joke well or perfectly timing a pun to lighten the moment during a serious conversation that could take a nasty turn. These are sweet, warm-hearted persons who diffuse tensions by making others laugh with their […]

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