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The human side of chess, 3

‘Psychology is the most important factor in chess’. —Alekhine In pursuit of a metaphorical king This booklet is not only written for the hobbyist. If you are not a chess player, you can ignore the algebraic notation of the games that appear in this chapter and read exclusively my literary comments. I will be told…

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Nobody wanted to listen, 6

A humanitarian analyst Once again, I will be told that I chose the wrong people: that the Escobars were unfortunate cases and that in the world there are professionals capable of understanding a tragedy for what it is, a tragedy and call a spade a spade. Let’s now see what happened to me with the…

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Nobody wanted to listen, 5

The opinion of psychologists ‘Where are the men?’ the little prince at last took up the conversation again. ‘It is a little lonely in the desert…’ ‘It is also lonely among men’, the snake said. —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry It may be assumed that Tere simply followed the dictates of traditional morality, but that if I…

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Wagner vs. Bach, 4

Bach did not compose any opera at a time when the genre was very much in vogue. In this, he cannot contrast more with Wagner, mainly known for his operas (or, as some of his mature works later became known, ‘musical dramas’). Unlike Bach who used the Gospel text in his most ambitious works, Wagner…

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Advice to victims of psych abuse

To contextualise this series about psychiatry, see: here. Below, an abridged translation of a chapter of one of the books that I wrote at the beginning of the century: After the parody of the previous pagesI recover my original voice. If you are a victim of abusive parents, the ideal is that you run away before they harm you. If…

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‘Patients are only riffraff’—Freud

To contextualise this series about psychiatry, see: here. Below, an abridged translation of a chapter of one of the books that I wrote in the last century: Many psychiatric survivors have written manuscripts about their experiences but are rarely successful in getting their books published.  —Al Siebert [1]  Being silent is itself an indication of how…

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The hammer of the victims

To contextualise this series about psychiatry, see: here. Below, an abridged translation of a chapter of one of the books that I wrote in the last century:   This quotation explains perfectly why the so-called mental health professions have so much power in our societies: To commit violent and unjust acts, it is not enough…

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The hammer of the witches

To contextualise this series about psychiatry, see: here. Below, an abridged translation of a chapter of one of the books that I wrote in the last century:   ______ 卐 ______   It is not that witches and mental patients are alike; on the contrary, it is because inquisitors and psychiatrists are alike that they…

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The Italian with an inferiority complex

In view that a couple of visitors have suggested that my anti-psychiatric series on Fridays could be due to the fact that I had a problem with psychiatry, I would like to clarify my personal motivations. When, as a teenager, my mother made war with me at home, it occurred to her that in order…

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(((Sigmund Freud)))

To contextualise this series about psychiatry, see: here. Below, an abridged translation of a chapter of one of my books that I wrote in the last century: ‘I’ve never done a mean thing’—Freud [1]   It must have been noted that insofar I have used interchangeably the terms ‘psychiatrist’ and ‘analyst’. Before reading Jeffrey Masson…

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