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Sunday, September 10, 2006



Psychopathy and Consumerism

Two Illnesses That Need And Feed Each Other

A psychopath or partial psychopath has an impaired capacity to form intimate, trusting mutually satisfying relationships with other human beings as a result of impaired attachment in the earliest years. Unable to find pleasure and satisfaction from others, the psychopath or partial psychopath must turn to things -- goods and services (drugs, sex, gambling, etc), toys and travel -- to fill the emptiness within.

The emptiness of the hollow man must be filled, and consumerism has learned how.

It is said that a culture creates the kind of people it needs. Maybe we're into frequent separations and changing, shared, paid caregivers in the first three years of the lives of our children so they will grow up with an insatiable need to shop till they drop.

If you're unable to obtain satisfaction from BEING, which is based on love and the pleasure of sharing, then the HAVING MODE, as Eric Fromm put it, is your only choice. "The HAVING MODE, concentrates on material possession, acquisitiveness, power, and aggression and is the basis of such universal evils as greed, envy, and violence..."

1. PSYCHOPATHY
Psychopathy: What is it?
Introduction: An Interview with Dr. BarkerThe Mask of SanityThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
Partial Psychopathy
Incomplete Manifestations of the DisorderThe Partial PsychopathIf We Could Measure this Two Part Empathy
Psychopathy: What Causes It?
The Organic Red HerringHow to Succeed in the Business of Creating Psychopaths How and Why Changing Caregivers Damage a Young Child
Measuring AttachmentThe Diseases of Non-AttachmentEmpathic Care: A Definition of "Care"The Infant's Need for Empathic CareDeprivation of Empathic Care During Infancy
Psychopathy: What's Wrong With It?
Is There a Critical Mass for Psychopathy?The Psychopath's Favourite Playground

2. CONSUMERISM
Consumerism: What Is It?
Nonrational Influences
Consumerism: What's Wrong With It?
The Way Out of Mimicking HappinessNirvana and Vance PackardConsumerism, Materialism and Cruelty to ChildrenTo Have or to Be?Big Brother Couldn't Foresee the Big C -- ConsumerismYou Can Never Get Enough ... The Poverty of a Rich SocietyIs This a Culture We Can Afford to be Complacent About

3. CHILDCARE
The Link Between Consumerism and PsychopathyThe Brave New World of ChildcareConsumerism, Arbitrary Male Dominance and Daycare

4. IS DAYCARE REALLY A NECESSITY?
Patriarchy
The Real CulpritsWomen's Liberation and Cruelty to ChildrenSexism: A Dangerous DelusionKiss Sleeping Beauty Goodbye
Radical Feminism
The Feminine Utopia
Accepting the Existing Reality
The Real Quislings in AmericaDo Not AskMass Media
The Socializing Mode of Childrearing
From Socializing to Helping Mode of ChildrearingThe Evolution of Child-Rearing ModesGuidance: A Plea for Abandonment
Social Science as Propoganda
Social ScienceOver-reliance on Social Science for ProofThe Role of ResearchA Dangerous Possibility
Our Defense Mechanisms
Our Defense MechanismsThe Problem of Professional AnxietyJohn: A Distressing Film About Separation

5. WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Substituting Conserver Values for Consumer ValuesThe Tendency to Confuse Difference with EqualityA Return to the Roots of FeminismThe Challenge Before UsA Sense of CommunionThe Politics of Meaning
End of Introductory Interview with Dr. Barker

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