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Peter wrote:
 
"One learns to empathise if and when he, she or it ever decides
to look around and see that he, she or it is not the only being
in the universe. Another phrase for it is growing up, ceasing
to be a suckling pig."

Peter, you suggest that the emotionally disturbed are simply spoiled and over-indulged. The psychoanalyst Harry Stack Sullivan wrote that often middle-class neurotics do need a swift kick to wake them up to the fact that others have feelings and needs too. But generally speaking, emotional dwarfism is the result of organic abnormality or the abuse and neglect that contributes to greater or lesser degrees of sociopathology. Severe lack of empathy is a symptom of illness and cannot be cured by an act of will. Diana

> Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 07:38:01 -0800
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Impact of Literature (Was Re: Test of Time)
> To: [log in to unmask]
>
> From: Diana Manister :
>
> Peter wrote:
> "Distracted from distraction by distraction."
> "Actually, I think that perception needs some up dating.
> Today everybody and his dog is more than ready to wrench
> his consciousness out of shape to dig up some tastey
> morsel of uncomfortableness. It's all a way of keeping the
> focus on the self, rather than learning to empathise."
>
> You indicate that empathy is a learned response. What constitutes the
> learning process? Isn't it possible for an individual's unconscious rage to
> block his capacity for empathy, which might be freed if the rage were
> brought into awareness and "selectively attended?" Focussing on the self
> with a trained therapist often enables an individual to resolve childhood
> fixations so that maturity, with the empathy that is a component of it, can
> be achieved. Diana
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Peter's response:
> Learned response? bletch. Ugly jargon.
> One learns to empathise if and when he, she or it ever decides
> to look around and see that he, she or it is not the only being
> in the universe. Another phrase for it is growing up, ceasing
> to be a suckling pig.
> ======================================================
> From: Diana Manister :
> David Boyd wrote:
> I see a potentially amusing opportunity here to make a teeny weeny
> contribution
> to the descriptive richness and utility of the English language by
> suggesting an
> informal little competition to come up with the most appropriate
> collective noun
> for Peter's deluge of manifold posts..........or do I just need therapy
> ??
> "Verbal incontinence?"
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Peter's response:
> Of course if we didn't have such motor mouths on the list ........
> =======================================================
> From: Diana Manister :
> I wonder how effective these are: "Viagra Soft Tabs"
> You'd think they could come up with a better term! Diana
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Peter's response:
> Your comeuppance to them is entirely justified.
> I doubt that I could have come up with something better.
> ===========================================================
>
> And thus goes my repeter solution.
>
> P.



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