Saturday, February 04, 2012

Apperception vs. Paranoia: Why Would English-Speaking Persons Find this Offensive?

Fucking is the name of a town in Austria.  Why would an English-speaking person find this sign odd or offensive


Gary Freedman said...

I learned the behaviors and language usage of narcissists and paranoiacs very early. You could almost say narcissism is my mother tongue!

The psychiatrist Keith Ablow, M.D. used to write a column in the health section of the Washington Post.

I can still recall a column he wrote about 15 years ago. He said that he had been to a restaurant in which all the waitresses wore roller skates. He asked one of the waitresses what it was like having to work on roller skates, assuming she would say that it made her job all the more difficult. Surprisingly, the waitress told Dr. Ablow that she liked it. "It reminds me of home when I was growing up," she said. Dr. Ablow thought, incredulously, "What kind of home did she come from?"

The waitresses statement and Dr. Ablow's reaction made an impression on me. People must ask themselves, "How did he put up with all that he's had to put up with since 1988 when he started working at that law firm?" Actually, it reminds me of my family when I was growing up. My family was a kind of training ground for my adult life. I adapted to a disturbed family environment in childhood, and in adulthood I easily maneuver in disturbed environments. Feels like home!

Gary Freedman said...

I was immersed in the behaviors of narcissists from very early in my life:

Gary Freedman said...

Keith Ablow's wife, Elaine, is an attorney, by the way.

Gary Freedman said...

Ahhhh, blow your nose, will ya?