November 30, 1993
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Suzanne M. Pitts, MD
Dept. of Psychiatry
GW Univ. Medical Ctr.
2150 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Dear Dr. Pitts:
I want to direct your attention to the enclosed discussion of the issue of jealousy, excerpted from Harry Stack Sullivan's The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry.
The dynamic set forth by Sullivan relates to a recurring feature of my interpersonal difficulties, namely, my serving as a "link" in a thee-party situation characterized by jealousy.
The Sullivan excerpt provides a theoretical basis for a letter I submitted to Dr. Cuenco at the time of the initial assessment regarding my interpersonal difficulties in "three-party" situations.
My interpersonal relations feature numerous instances of peer jealousy in the form of malicious rumors, invidious sexual innuendo, or other acts. See Sullivan, H.S. The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry at 348-48 (New York: W.W. Norton, 1953) (discussing situations in which an innocent victim of jealousy serves as an absolutely fantasied figure for a group of persons).
It was years later, in 1998, that Ideology, Conflict, and Leadership in Groups and Organizations by Otto Kernberg, M.D. was published. According to Dr. Kernberg an individual can become the target of envy by members of a cohesive group -- envy that is a reaction to the victim's thinking, his individuality, and his rationality. Kernberg at 5.