Friday, July 20, 2018

No schizophrenics in the time of pagans

“There were no schizophrenics in the time of the pagans, for the belief systems did not support that kind of interpretation. This does not mean that certain behavior did not occur that you would now call schizophrenic.  It means that generally speaking such behavior fit within the psychological picture of reality.  It [did so] because many of the behavior patterns associated, now, with schizophrenia, are “distorted and debased” remnants of behavior patterns that are part and parcel of man’s heritage, and that harken back to activities and abilities that at one time had precise social meaning, and served definite purposes.
“These include man’s ability to identify with the forces of nature, to project portions of his own psychological reality outward from himself, and then to perceive those portions in a revitalized transformation – a transformation that then indeed can alter physical reality.”
(Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment Vol 2Session 921)

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