Pig 2: Hmm…

Well here we go then… into the blue… a bat out of, whatever it is a bat come out of… all flapping and squeaking like a… well, a bat!

Before we begin out adventure into ‘blogging’… a.k.a. spouting banal shite in the hope that some idle fucker will read it, let us get a couple of facts straight (as well as a certain irony, it has to be said):
1. Do I like blogs? Not really.
2. Do I read blogs? Not often.
3. Do i have a life that is even remotely equipped to survive without internet communication? No.

Hence… this blog, and the irony inherent within utilising the very thing i hate, for entertainment… of a sort.

So… what do we blog about then, now that we have come this far..? Well, I’ll tell you… not a clue… I suppose I could blog about something political, maybe something about the garden or the new kitten, alas… It’s all been done. To be honest, I rather believe that even blogs about the banality of blogs have been done too.

I guess I need a hobby, and then I’ll blog about that then. Until then however, the first blog (see Pig 1) has kinda set the scene/feel already… so there we are… it’s a blog that will indeed spit vitriol at the world and it’s authorities.

That’s it for now… I’ll get back to you, when I get the fucking potters wheel, and no boubt will soon have these pages full of shit about failed, miserable looking lumps of wasted clay.

Thankyou and happy blogging… NOT..!

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Pig 1: Self-fulfilling Psychiatry.

According to Wikipedia… a self-fulfilling prophecy is:

…a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself…

Fine. this makes sense to me, but it is important to make clear that because a self-fulfilling prophecy creates it’s own prophetic ‘truth’ that it is easiest to start from the assumption that the underlying piece of knowledge that even allows a self-fulfilling prophecy to exist is… ‘false’.

The golden rules:

  1. a ‘perceiver’ has an expectation of a ‘target’
  2. the ‘perceiver’ behaves in ways that elicit their expectations
  3. the ‘target’ elicits… expected behaviour (for the ‘perceiver’)
  4. the ‘perceiver’ then simply ‘sees’ the expected behaviour.

There are examples of these self-fulfilling prophecies, simple ones too (without getting bogged down in the examples from literature which are all tied up in irony and the like and to my mind, appear to be a little less useful in the ‘real’ world).

Imagine that you get a new teacher, you really like them and believe that under their instruction you will do better (perceiver expectations). You work harder to this end (perceiver’s eliciting behaviour). The teacher does what a teacher does and teaches the whole class (the target just behaves), and well, what do you know… you do better (you see what you expected to see).

Now imagine… and apply that same process to you feeling some kind of mental unrest* and a psychiatrist**… that person who has the capacity to help your mental unrest by employing a variety of treatments.

Basically… you don’t feel ‘right’… you imagine and expect a ‘doctor’ to help… behave in ways to reify your ‘symptoms’ to ensure the help you ‘need’… the psychiatrist treats you… you ‘see’ your illness..!!

And… there you go..!! Job done..!!

 


*perhaps a period of depression, anxiety and for a variety of reasons… loss, cash flow… all perfectly acceptable responses to perfectly natural events.

**granted, you might not immediately desire visiting a psychiatrist but you can be pretty sure that your GP might if your ‘symptoms’ involve any kind of risk to yourself or someone else..