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  • Discussion Thread: Alex Chisholm's Done To Death

    Thread for discussing the work within the Archives written by Mr. Alex Chisholm, entitled Done To Death.
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  • #2
    Nice to hear that Alex is still extant. The thread title made me worried about his health!

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    • #3
      I have to agree with Robert there, How. That thread title had me worried for a minute!

      Apologies, back to discussion on Alex Chisholm's "Done to Death".

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      • #4
        Lyn:

        Sorry to have put the fright in you.

        I hope Alex's dissertation brings up some thread ideas and commentary from the folks.
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        • #5
          From the scientific literature to pop culture and back again.

          Thread: Alex Chisholm : Done To Death

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          The popular literature of the early nineteenth century flooded the minds of the public with fascinating macabre psychological novels that dealt with various aspects of mind brain stories about human beings’ moral problems, including sanity and identity.
          The most popular of these novels, such as Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Robert L. Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and many short tales by Edgar Alan Poe, had a formidable impact on the reading public. Something was clearly in the air that would manifest itself straight through from the scientific literature to pop culture and back again.

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          One of the primary issues that emerged during the nineteenth century was the question of the relationship between the association and dissociation processes in the mind. Were they continuous processes or discontinuous processes? When and how did they function to produce healthy mental states, as opposed to disordered or pathological states, in the organism? These controversial issues remain with us today, and are for the most part unresolved.

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          Dissociation theory, as we call it today, rests solidly upon the early work of Janet.* He sometimes referred to these divided states of consciousness as alternative personalities which could be produced through hypnosis. This divided consciousness functions beneath the level of consciousness in an individual, and is still capable of complex mental operations. The hidden part of consciousness is capable of producing feelings, actions, and even hallucinations.


          Multiplicity of the Mind and the Duality of the Brain: Can You Have it Both Ways?




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          Dissociation

          Another phenomenon usually considered in the psychology of serial murder is the dissociative state or disorder. Dissociation (Egger, 1990) is the lack of integration of thoughts, feelings and experiences into the stream of consciousness. In other words, it is a mental "separation" from the physical place of an individual. Dissociation has been cited as an example of spontaneous self-hypnosis. (Bliss, 1986, p.166)

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          Drawing a parallell between a psychopathic personality and the dissociated demeanor of a serial murderer, Meloy (1992) noted that "psychopathy is, among other things, a disorder of profound detachment. He added that "from this conscienceless, detached psychology emerges a heightened risk of violence, most notably a capacity for predation" (p. xvii)


          Stephen J. Giannangelo, The psychopathology of serial murder, pp. 13-14.

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          *Les actes inconscients et la mémoire pendant le somnambulisme (article, Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Etranger, 1888).
          *L'Automatisme psychologique (thesis, 1889).
          (*V*)

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