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• Posted by Timmy B.
• Date: Sunday, July 30, 2006, at 8:24 p.m.
• IP Address: mobile-166-173-189-245.mycingular.net
• In Response to: Re: Reading the book, gaining status, and the messiah complex (Carlton)


> Hey, Tim, I hope you don't become too dependent on this newfound source of
> medication. Like Hook, I wish you the best during this journey of
> self-discovery (I'm not going to call it a recovery), but I am also wary
> of doctors, who view life in terms of an interminable supply of
> prescription pills and disorder symptoms. After all, everyone here could
> probably be diagnosed with one of the conditions found in the latest DSM
> manual. That being said, it's good to hear that medication, and great
> doctors (?) have improved your life.

Thanks.

> Timmy, there is nothing wrong with truly *believing* that you are
> important (and excellent). I'm tempted to steal a page from Christianity.
> Every being on this planet is important and excellent in their own way...
> If you believe and accept this, then you should have a better time being
> more humble and acting less pretentious.

Well, I tend to believe that I am more excellent and important than I really am.

> Most authors must have delusional feelings of greatness and
> grandiose, or why else would they attempt to work on subjects that have
> already been worked on to death? I've never heard of this "Messiah
> Complex," so you'll have to tell me some more about it. I took an
> Abnormal Psych class awhile ago, but I didn't have really have a real
> textbook (only a casebook and an autobiography) because my professor
> wasn't a big supporter of the DSM approach; he took a more humanistic and
> empathetic approach...

The term "Messiah complex" implies that one believes they can save the world. This isn't such a bad thing, I guess; it's only bad when you believe you *must* save the world or that you are so special that you are innately capable of saving the world more than anyone else is.

> Well, one day you might want to give up on a cure and embrace an
> "acceptance" of your self.

I believe that we should balance acceptance of our problems with trying to change them. So I half-agree with the idea that one should accept their problems.

> I can think of another way, and, yup, it's related to the
> "content" of your posts. Anyhow, it's good to read that you
> have become more comfortable with your "darker nature." It's
> like you have acquired a higher status on the Scoreboard.

heheh...

> I recommend exploring the past. This is what I have been doing. You also
> might want to check out some of the older classical composers, many of
> whom must have had thier fare share of "disorders"?

Oh I'm always exploring new great scores and composers from the past... This year though, I don't know how many there are that I could discover besides the two I already have...

Tim



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