Intimations Towards Secret Organizations: The plight of the Targeted Individual

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Emblem/Crest of the Freemasons

“So, when Adam Smith suggested in 1776 that when tradesmen meet ‘the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public’, he is telling us something rather important about the relationship between secrets and organizing.”

In 2006 Dr.Vaughn Bell provided an analysis of ten examples of online “mind control” experiences consistent with gang stalking but didn’t explicitly call them “gang stalking.” When assessed by three independent psychiatrists all cases were classified as consistent with psychotic disorder (Pierre, 2020).

In 2015 two doctors conducted an analysis of 128 stalking cases thru survey questionnaires. Of the gang stalking cases, one hundred percent of the cases involving stalking by multiple people were deemed “paranoid delusions” whereas only 4% of stalking cases by a single stalker were deemed delusional. The reason for this significant difference was due to the fact that gang stalking “defied credulity” because of the amount of resources gang stalking would require. A detective once told me, just because something is improbable doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Organized criminal conspiracies are real and organized mafias and gangs are also real. So, I have to be astounded when people say “gang stalking” defies credulity. People organize themselves in drug trafficking schemes and pay off authorities or recruit authorities into their organization to allow for the successful operation of the “business” (Pierre, 2020).

People who have experienced trauma or were victims of violence may be still in the grips of their abuser. An aspect of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture is that it is generally a long-term experience that drains the targeted victim and ultimately causes the onset of mental illness; depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. These are the by-products of long-term abuse and trauma. These facts have been reported in various papers that discuss Targeted Individuals and people suffering the long-term effects of violence, such as in cases of the aftermath of war. Experiencing the onset of depression, feeling hopeless, loss of power, anxiety disorders, and fear for their well-being are consistent with long-term abuse victims. An aspect of the conspiracy of “gang stalking” (electronic targeting) may involve hospitals and doctors’ offices carrying out experimental clinical research and the individual being implanted against their knowledge. The US government has a bad history of unethical, inhumane medical research.

Former President Bill Clinton apologized openly to the public in 1997 about the government’s role in experimental research studies. Currently, there is no statute of limitations on human rights violations in medical research. There have been numerous research studies involving non-consenting test subjects in the past history of US government conduct. Although this one case occurred over 74 years ago, its reprehensibility still stands. The U.S. funded a study that led to the deliberate infection of hundreds of Guatemalan males with syphilis from 1946–1948. The study was undertaken to investigate the use of penicillin as a treatment for syphilis, but the results were never published. The researchers infected nearly 700 prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala. Prostitutes infected with syphilis were led into the prison and were used as a tool to infect the male prison population. Test subjects were never told they were going to take part in a research study evaluating the effectiveness of penicillin on syphilis. The infected test subjects were then treated with penicillin, but the results of the study remain unclear as to whether or not these men were actually cured. These research documents were uncovered by Wellesley professor Susan M. Reverby in an archive at the University of Pittsburgh (National Public Radio, 2010).

Although today’s Targeted Individuals suffering electronic assault and psychotronic torture may be part of a criminal conspiracy not necessarily being carried out by the U.S. government. Niccolo Machiavelli said, “The desires of men change little.” One of the desires of men is criminality and this holds true across millennia. The effects of long-term abuse construct a narrative in the minds of the victims and it’s a narrative based on mistrust and betrayal. Researchers deceiving test subjects and concealing facts about the nature of the experiment are just as much criminals as crooked politicians, crooked businessmen, and crooked police officers. Criminals aren’t ethical and vulnerable populations are often the targets of violence and abuse by unscrupulous researchers, businessmen, politicians, and scientists. Examples of research that has been conducted on vulnerable populations in ways that are reprehensible still continue today except we have boards that oversee ethical research and ensure test subjects are giving legal consent, something that was lacking in previous inhumane, unethical research studies. But just because we have laws and regulations that ensure ethical research and the establishment of legal consent doesn’t mean that certain doctors and scientists are obeying the law. As I said, the desires of men change little and one of his desires is criminality.

To further make my point about the omnipotent nature of man, he has harnessed the ability to clone animals and potentially humans. He has grown livestock in embryonic states in plastic artificial wombs. He has annihilated genetic diversity by directly manipulating genetics and creating hybrid organisms. As we slowly kill our planet’s atmosphere, oceans, and rivers we explore Mars for the prospect of setting up an “outpost” so we might eventually live there. This allows men the excuse they need to continue their narcissistic consumption and destruction of the planet, alleviating consciousless behavior with a plausible reason.

I’m tired of people discrediting Targeted Individuals as “crazy” and “mentally ill.” Some of these individuals may actually be suffering from a mental illness but not all these TIs are mentally ill. Some have successfully prosecuted their perpetrators.

Although no one has proved electronic bodily assaults and psychotronic torture, yet, experimental medicine utilizes remote wireless stimulation on certain human diseases like limb paralysis and Parkinson’s. In addition, former President Donald Trump has established a new department of the military, The U.S. Space Force. Former Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, announced China, Russia, and the U.S. all have directed energy weapons in space. Energy weapons that can be directed to any point on the planet.

Our government was shaped by a secret society and they helped establish American political powers. Conducting business in secret is what made the mob successful. Carrying out secret business is still done today by virtually all governments interested in their country’s security. Some have called electronic targeting, service security surveillance. When you hire a private investigator, the investigator doesn’t announce his presence. He hides in secret just like the person carrying out the electronic assaults and stalking. Similarly, the most secret of U.S. military operations are carried out under the veil of darkness. Why? Because it wouldn’t benefit them if they announced their presence and alerted the enemy before they arrived!

I feel it important to include a paper written about the secret society and to pose questions about the politics, epistemology, and ontology of organizing. The following quote from Dan Brown’s The da Vinci Code was included in the introduction of this paper by Martin Parker,

“Langdon was feeling anything but fortunate, and co-incidence was a concept he did not entirely trust. As someone who had spent his life exploring the hidden interconnectivity of disparate emblems and ideologies, Langdon viewed the world as a web of profoundly intertwined histories and events. The connections may be invisible, he often preached to his symbology classes at Harvard, but they are always there, buried just beneath the surface.”

Parker wrote a paper on the intimations of organizations and secret societies in his studies of organizational research studies. According to Parker’s paper ‘organizational secrecy’ lurk marginally in the shadows of organization studies. His paper focused on answering the question, “How do we know that something is an organization?” Like al Qaeda, the organizational structure behind electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture remains an enigma. Like the clandestine terrorist’s organization, and despite its historical incantations of its name, al Qaeda remained a poorly supported enigma whose proof of existence was reinforced through mimicry. According to Parker’s paper,

“….there is almost always an assumption about trying to make things visible in organizational research, whether the data are numbers, texts, or conversations. The evidence we use is usually of the empirical kind, the equivalent of looking for the neon sign. But none of these things are the organization. We never see the organization, but only catch fragmentary signs of its presence. Even when we visit a building that “contains” an organization, we don’t see “it” but instead an intense display of the material and events that signify it. By definition, the successfully secret society would leave no such evidence, which means that all the organizations I will be mentioning in this paper have accidentally or deliberately failed in their attempts to be invisible. They have left traces of their existence and we, like Dan Brown’s suspicious detective who does not believe in coincidence, then look for connections buried below the surface.”

According to Parker, another group of researchers (Stohl and Stohl, 2011), are convinced that organizations are produced as a system of communication. Communication, that is, language and discourse. Language and discourse are main areas of research in psychoanalysis. It is through language we come to understand our mother’s gestures, even before we, as neonates and young toddlers, acquire the ability to understand fully and utilize speech as a form of articulate language. Think of when a two-year-old stands next to a Christmas tree after being repeatedly told not to touch the ornaments. He carefully glances around the corner to see if mommy is looking and when her back is turned, he reaches for an ornament. The mother quickly catches a glimpse of the child out of the corner of her eye and turns to face him with “a look” of disapproval and the toddler quickly retracts his arm. No words were spoken, only the exchange of glances but still a communication took place.

Part of psychoanalysis is reading silence, that is, to determine what is being said without explicitly being spoken. In a similar manner, Martin Parker’s paper is attempting to identify the invisible within organizational structures and bring those elements to light and make them visible. In psychoanalysis this is called “reading silence,” “reading denial,” or “reading with the eye,” that is to say, just as two things are in opposition to one another, correlating them with each other allows us to bring “voice to silence” or “visibility to the invisible.” Louis Althusser viewed the non-vision of a text (its silence) as a function of its vision (of what it voices) by not voicing it (Walker, 1998, pg. 34).

Monique Plaza wrote in Ideology Against Women,

“…. when Althusser defends a strategy against the capitalist state, he doesn’t occupy just a position as professor or committed intellectual. He defends his social position as a man, which totally blinds him to the sex-class antagonisms and oppression of women in which he participates.”

Louis Althusser contributed significantly to the field of philosophy of which feminists draw on his theories to support feminist theory. Oddly, Althusser strangled his wife in 1980 and was declared unfit to stand trial. He was institutionalized in a mental hospital. However, we find similar corresponding antagonisms similar to Althusser’s position when political policies that serve the wealthy elite are blinded to social class antagonisms that hurt the underprivileged, policies affecting minority groups, along with similar matching business strategies that further suppress the lower classes deeper into oppression.

Karl Popper in 1945 described ‘the conspiracy theory of society’ and located it as a mistaken attempt to personalize the impersonal forces and coincidences that structure our lives. He viewed society as an area filled with powerful men and groups and sinister pressure groups whose wickedness is responsible for all the evils we suffer. To quote Parker,

“…it is common for post-war intellectuals to dismiss contemporary conspiracy theories as a form of paranoia (Ronson 2001). That being said, plots and schemes are as old as recorded history, with disguises, assassinations, and coups being a regular feature of the ancient world. So too are ideas about heretical sects, subversives, and religious or ethnic groups organizing against the public or hiding secrets from the masses (Cohn, 1970). However, it is not until the early modern world that the idea of enduring formal organizations which hide their existence became a common part of culture. It is noteworthy that this is at the same time that the first corporate charters are beginning to be granted by the state. There are echoes of this in the Sociedad Anonima, Societe Anonyme, Societa Anomina, and many other variants in North Western Europe — ‘societies of the nameless’ with purposes that transcend individuals. So, when Adam Smith suggested in 1776 that when tradesmen meet ‘the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public’, he is telling us something rather important about the relationship between secrets and organizing.”

In 1799, the United Kingdom outlawed any groups that swore oaths of secrecy, except for the Freemasons, with the “Unlawful Societies Act.” This act was repealed in 1967.

George Simmel wrote an essay in 1906 “The Sociology of Secrecy and of Secret Societies” which opened with the sentence, “All relationships of people to each other rest, as a matter of course, upon the precondition that they know something about each other (Simmel, 1906).” Simmel asserts that it is impossible for transparency (knowledge) and opacity (ignorance) to exists in social relationships and says that the question is not whether or not secrecy exists in a relationship but rather how much and why. He asserts this by concluding it is impossible to truly know anyone because everyone’s private thoughts, unspoken feelings, and imaginings aren’t always shared with others, and too, that one person’s opinion of another may vary from one person to the next depending on individual differences in individual experience. Thus, the element of secrecy with not knowing is part of every relationship. Simmel uses the secret society to illustrate this point and its important feature to understanding research in organizational studies because secret societies establish a type of social process in the marking of boundaries and shaping of identities. Thus, secrecy has its charms, its markers of belonging, statements about privilege and status, and claims to possession of a mystery. In short, it creates social power which arrives in the form of exclusion and separation, and it is this social element of secret societies that have historically created acts of oppression against outsiders and minority groups. This behavior vests social significance with like-minded group members and allows them to engage in purposeful associations with one another, of which a tremendous amount of psychological satisfaction, validation, and cohesion is obtained.

According to Parker, we see the “secrecy plot” in a huge number of films; The Adjustment Bureau (2011), the Men in Black films, Dr. Who’s suited enemy “The Silence” and the TV show “Roswell” and the latest network series “Emergence”. In the theatre of film, plots are foreshadowed by connections that are ambiguous but often these connections are institutionalized and named as shadowy.

“Your honor, your honor, it’s not me, it’s the invisible visible evil powers that be. Untraceable insatiable having to feed, yeah you cry when you’re wounded and you laugh when they bleed.” ~”Defeat You” by Smash Mouth

These ‘invisible lines up to hidden levels of influence’ and this fact is echoed in popular songs and literature referring to organized crime in which the distinction between evil organizations and legitimate business operations dissolves into ambiguity.

Mark Lombardi was an abstract artist that attempted to conceptualize through large-scale linear diagram the connections between structures of financial and political power, corruption, and affairs among capitalists, politicians, corporations, and government. Invisible empires, or at least ambiguous accountability and vague representations of supposed “legitimate” businesses supported by a linear diagram connecting the dots of various corporate holding operations.

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In another linear sketch diagram, Lombardi details George W. Bush, Harken Energy, and Jackson Stephens’ relationships, circa 1979–1990 (1999).

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What does all this information describe to us? It describes the secret society and secret business dealings of wealthy elites and is considered as something of a general social form with which the public at large expects. George Simmel explained its nature in 1906 by the general everyday personal interactions of relationships between people. Secrecy should be understood as one element in a worldwide spread of social imaginary (conspiracy) in which secrecy and organization are inextricably intertwined. This is not a world of clearly bounded and legitimate organizations, but of crime, conspiracy, and paranoia. The intentions of organizations are unclear, who is “inside” seems vague and shifting, and even their very existence is in question. The problem now becomes clear. The problem rest in proving an organization’s “secret business” and gathering the evidence to support one’s claim.

So, again, I have to say it’s upsetting for me when people who claim they are being electronically targeted, suffering electronic computer/cell phone assaults, electronic bodily assaults, and psychotronic torture are called “crazy” or “mentally ill.” When George Simmel in 1906 has explained, it is not a question of if whether or not there is secrecy within relationships. The question is how much secrecy and why?


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The Secret Society of The Mob: Making a connection to organized gang stalking, electronic assaults, and psychotronic torture

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PHOTO: The Boardwalk Empire: Atlantic City, NJ during the prohibition. In ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Nucky is also seen to be closely associated with Charles ‘Lucy’ Luciano. Above (fourth from l.) the mobster is seen in 1930 alongside Ed Diamond, brother of Jack, Jack “Legs” Diamond, New York racketeer leader, Fatty Walsh. With Nucky hosting, Luciano and fellow crime bosses met in Atlantic City in 1929 to discuss organizing the underworld into a ‘National Crime Syndicate.’ The Atlantic City Conference of 1929 is considered one of the earliest ‘crime summits’ held in the United States

The mafia, which translates to “brave men” lived by a secret code known as Omerta. The code of omerta means that an honorable man does not talk. That a “real man” does not run to the law. A real man does not talk about his confederates. He handles his own problems. It was an inviolable code adhered to within the mob and it was an oath taken not to reveal any information under any circumstances. It implied that membership to the mob came above and beyond your wife and children and everything else in your life until death.

“You know the old phrase, “The poor will always be with us.” Well, the mafia will always be with us. They’re still dangerous. They’re still lethal.” ~America’s Book of Secrets: Special Edition, Crime and Punishment

The criminal creativity of the mafia has allowed them to adapt. It has allowed them to look at something new and ask, “How can I make some money out of that?”

“They killed for power, they killed for money, they killed for revenge, they killed if the guy was an informant, they killed if guy slept with a made-members wife, and they killed if you disobeyed your boss.” The number one character trait to organized schizoids known as mafias and gangs is this; Eventually, they turn on one another. Greed and self-interest disrupt loyalty within the organization and leads to bloodshed.

At the peak of the mafia’s power in the 1930s, 1940s, and 50s; the mafia was believed to be bigger than General Motors and US Steel combined. According to the FBI, the American mafia still has approximately 3,000 active members. And just like the iconic mobsters of the past, the most modern mafia’s ill-gotten games still come at a price; blood, bullets, and a massive body count.

What was the secret to their strength and influence? Two things promoted the success of the mob; secrecy and violence. And violence was the grease. Violence was the fuel that drove the respect they would be given. Violence is what made the mafia effective. Except violence is a visible measure of the total lack of control one truly has over a situation and is a demonstration of a failure to introject and mourn through losses. The respect that is given to a mobster, is only given out of fear.

The masculinities that are a part of the Cosa Nostra mentality can be summed in proving two things about yourself as a man. One, that you are not a “little girl”; and two, that you will not be humiliated and made to feel like a “little boy” by another prominent male figure. In psychoanalysis, this is what is known as the Achilles Complex, and this is what spawned the violence and control the mafia would eventually gain over others.

The image that the mafia leaders projected to the public was like that of Italian senators. They dressed well, wearing the finest of clothing and jewelry. They drove nice cars and lived in well-maintained houses. They operated business and with it, carried a level of respect from the larger culture who may not have known about the “real business” they were actually involved in. This allowed them to carry an air of superiority and arrogance with them like a cloak that was to defend against the degradation of introjecting some basic principle truths. One, no one is as powerful as they liked to believe, and two, the respect these “made-men” would receive, as their image, was insincere; a false veneer. This defense mechanism defended them from losing a sense of their superior cultural identity. And if they were exposed as “little boys” then these men would resort to violence to resolve the dispute like young bullies on the playground. One of the fundamental truths based in psychoanalytic theory was that these men were not men, but in fact, little boys who didn’t know how to legitimately win or lose. This was the narcissism that promoted the dysfunction and chaos of the mafia. It was a defense against the anxiety of being or being made to feel humiliated, a “less than” or a “have not” or “weak with no power.” The riches and wealth mafia dealings would earn, brought with it respect and a system of honor. These were, after all, self “made-men.”

There is a reason America has maximum security penitentiaries with CMUs (communication management units). It’s because the worst of the worst of criminals (mostly terrorists) might communicate messages as the mafia did with the simple image of a “black hand.” Criminals housed in penitentiaries like Marion, Illinois, and Florence, Colorado, where inmates are not allowed to receive visitors and communications, locked down for 23 hours out of the 24-hour day cycle because if they did, they might promote and communicate a plan that could endanger many American lives.

Now, how can we connect the dots to the phenomenon known as the Targeted Individual (TIs) and the new uprising of a new form of “mafia.” All we have to do is compare the downfall of the South American drug trade with the uprising of the Mexican drug trade. While things change from century-to-century and from decade-to-decade, somethings never change. They just reshape and reform themselves into new forms of phenomena.

Written By: Karen Barna

Mother, Daughter, Student, Graduate, Lover of Books, Reader of Philosophy, Interested in Psychoanalysis, Criminology, Sexual Deviance, Social Justice & Law

From Ivan Pavlov to Psychotronic Torture: Creating a sexually conditioned response

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For some women, it’s taboo to talk about their sexual experiences. Some women are conditioned to be modest, refined, and to “not offend.” At least, this is how many people in the world would rather experience the female gender. We are taught to not openly discuss our sexual experiences or sexual relationships and if we do openly talk about our sexual experiences this often get women labeled as either “whores” or “lacking class,” and despite the strides that have been made regarding gender issues, many women are still confined to domestic servitude in their gender role whether we care to admit or not. This gender role stereotype expects some women to remain passive, submissive, and subservient to their husbands and children, but I’m going to break beyond the barrier of silent submission, beyond the stigma of actually possessing a sexual drive.

After being celibate for over 5 years, I purchased a new cell phone. It wasn’t a smartphone and its abilities were very limited, but its cost was very affordable and so I upgraded this piece of technology as it could be afforded by any college student working a part-time job. This cell phone came with a completely new ring tone I hadn’t heard before. Immediately following this cell phone purchase, I met a guy and we started dating. We soon began fooling around and this new ring tone would become the neutral cue that went on to predict a biologically relevant event in my life; the anticipation of sexual intercourse. Similar to the experiments conducted by Ivan Pavlov and his dogs, Pavlov demonstrated how dogs could become conditioned to hearing a bell and anticipate an enjoyable event; the consumption of food after a period of food deprivation. This is the study of neurobiological learning and memory. After repeated predictive pairings, Pavlov’s dogs were conditioned to anticipate food at the sound of a bell, which caused them to salivate. For me, it was the repeated predictive pairing of my new ring tone in the cell phone call from my new friend with the anticipation of the biologically relevant event; sexual intercourse (repeated predictive pairings after a period of deprivation). The biological response to the sound of this new ring tone, which would also display his phone number, became the audio and visual cues I would respond to through a stimulated learned response from past memory, thereby releasing cervical fluids in vaginal discharge in anticipation of sex; vaginal discharge. Such studies inform human psychophysiological aspects of learning, memory, and conditioning.

This was uncharted territory as far as I was concerned. Never have I acquired such a learned and conditioned response from anyone in my past sexual relationships. What were the factors contributing to this learned response? I am a Targeted Individual who is experiencing electronic assaults and psychotronic torture. Was the psychotronic torture contributing to my learned response? Was my harsh deprivation of long-term celibacy contributing to this conditioned response? Or was the antisocial hostility of the electronic targeting and psychotronic torture dulling my senses to the point I now had the IQ of a canine? Do many people wonder what is the purpose of these mind control experiments utilizing psychotronic torture? If not for unethical inhumane experiments in human consciousness, what for? Scientists have long been interested in behavioral modification and behavioral control. Could this be a new area of study for grooming women for when they expect sexual intercourse? Grooming takes place in a myriad of ways in antisocial behaviors; grooming for sex through alcohol or drug consumption, grooming for behavior through psychotronic torture. Prosocial grooming takes place through prosocial structured discipline and prosocial educational learning. But electronic assaults and psychotronic torture are part of antisocial grooming. It’s not that I found the conditioned Pavlovian response undesirable, it’s just I feel violated by the gang stalking, electronic assaults, and psychotronic torture and I wish for them to stop. I would have to say, any woman with an ounce of sexual desire for her man would find this conditioned response exciting. However, if a third-party is involved in creating this sexual response, it should be outlawed. Orgasm by third party proxy which is unconsented is just so wrong. Orgasm by neurobiological learning and memory, free from third-party involvement, beautiful.

I have to ask, how ethical would it be to conduct an extensive research study based on researching a topic in sexology with a group of consenting, age-relevant, sexually active women? Older women surely wouldn’t make good test subjects for a variety of reasons. Right? Could this experiment be re-created in a laboratory to illustrate a point, both using non-psychotronic torture and utilizing psychotronic torture in two different test groups? I think not, because it would be an inhumane and unethical experiment that would most likely contribute to the onset of undesired side-effects like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s important to note I have suffered from PTSD, sexual abuse, and family violence in the past.

Like sustenance, danger is biologically relevant, and neutral cues can take on great salience when they predict a threat to survival. In anxiety disorders such as PTSD, this type of conditioned fear fails to extinguish, and reminders of traumatic events can cause pathological conditioned fear responses for decades after danger has passed. I remember experiencing the physiological signs experienced with feeling danger, becoming overwhelmingly fearful, sweaty palms, an overwhelming sense of doom. I would experience this every time I would have to go on a job interview and any time, I would need a dentist appointment.

So, I am bailing on the silent women profile because it does not serve me to remain silent about these violations which both threaten me through electronic physical and sexual assaults and with psychotronic torture.

Written By Karen Barna

Mother, Daughter, Student, Graduate, Lover of Books, Reader of Philosophy, Interested in Psychoanalysis, Criminology, Sexual Deviance, Social Justice&Law

Analysis of Gang Stalking, Electronic Targeted Assaults, Psychotronic Torture and a Historical Perspective on Oppressing Minority Groups

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This paper attempts to explain the phenomenon known as the Targeted Individual (TIs) through a historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical lens.

To begin, I originally thought gang stalking and electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture were tied to the perpetrator’s possession of strong essentialist’s beliefs in a “common culture”. For it to be classified as a phenomenon that displays a characteristic possession of strong essentialist’s beliefs, the person would have to believe in upholding the principles that adhere to teaching practical skills and knowledge to young children, shaping self-discipline, and responsibility within a mainstream “common culture.” But the very act of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture combined with other elements of electronic harassment deviate from essentialist’s principles in that perpetrators of these crimes seek to alleviate themselves from responsibility by veiling their identity through strategic tactics. In fact, its behavior is more closely rooted in the psychotic foreclosure of splitting that becomes part of the cycle of violence often observed in patterns of domestic violence and domestic abuse (male batterers). Torturing people with low-level frequency (ELF) is not “helping” someone, it is harming the individual because of its tedious, bothersome intrusions which seek to passive-aggressively nudge the individual towards sickness and untimely death. The sequelae of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture are not fully understood yet, but it has been established through independent research studies to be connected to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Similar to how new pharmaceutical drug therapies’ side-effects are poorly understood, the full sequelae of side effects haven’t been officially documented. As with new pharmaceutical drugs, new advancing technologies can also pose potential harmful side-effects. Doctors prescribe pharma drugs to patients when they believe the benefit of taking the drug will far out ways any possible harmful side-effects. In this light, it would appear gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture may be part of some type of unethical, inhumane medical research study or connected with clandestine military experiments utilizing control over subjects.

Essentialist principles encourage traditional “common culture” and therefore anything that may lie outside of the traditional “common culture” would be considered deviant. It’s the difference between the conservative Republicans and the liberal Democrats. To make an even more fundamental comparison, we could illustrate the fundamental differences between white culture versus black culture. Comparing the differences in popular music genres in both groups and comparing the differences in popular visual art in both groups. These are some of the basic differences between young white Americans and young black Americans.

Every individual upholds some level of essentialist beliefs. Some score high, while others score much lower. Strong essentialist beliefs are associated with certain groups like the Marines or uncorrupted police officers who uphold principles of honor, courage, and commitment. These types of principles of leadership strongly support community ties and the regulating of behavior by adhering to strong family values and core principles of leadership. Leadership principles that exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior. Never lie, never cheat or steal; abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; respect human dignity and respect others. Honor compels people to act responsibly, fulfill their obligations, and hold themselves and others accountable for every action. Those that score much lower in essentialist’s beliefs may be associated with minority groups that deviate from traditional “common culture” core values of leadership.

Historically, over seventy years ago, the stereotype of the traditional mainstream “common culture” in America was presented to the public as the white suburban family. Husband, wife, two children, living in middle-class suburban housing development, wearing traditional conservative clothing, owning a moderate automobile, with the father holding middle management job. To illustrate social difference, this stereotype starkly opposes the radical group known as the “hippies” that were popular during the 1960s, and with the formation of this alternate lifestyle, as with the formation of any alternate lifestyle, we witnessed the manifestation of social conflicts. Differences between majority groups and minority groups contributed to civil unrest, political protests for social rights that oftentimes turn violent. Vietnam War protests and the black Social Rights Movement expressed the difference in opinion between the two groups. Radical groups are commonly defined based on the differences in their lifestyle choices, value systems, and social practices that deviate from mainstream “common culture.” Extraordinary groups like the Gypsies, the Mormons, and the Old Order Amish are some groups that, although may not be considered “deviant”, lie outside the traditional American “common culture”. Group differences are what generate fear and isolation and it is usually through segregation by the larger majority, seeking to isolate the opposing minority groups and block them from gaining any form of social momentum, power, or leverage within the mainstream social order. This cannot be said of the Old Order Amish who actively isolate themselves from the larger majority based in their religious beliefs, but we see how human homogeneous tendencies isolate and protect the integrity of the group. This basic philosophical principle is what I believe is contributing to the phenomenon of the Targeted Individual (TIs) suffering electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture.

ELF is the use of extremely low frequency which can accomplish a form of electronic targeted assault and torture. Imagine receiving low-level frequency stimulation/vibration to your dental implants that is unconsented and unannounced as you go about your routine. Mild vibrational energy to the head, that can create mild forms of discomfort and fatigue. Electronic stimulation (vibration) in the lower back and spine giving the subject a sensation of a gnawing type of discomfort and bothersome annoyance that creates a dystopic existence in an individual’s life. Roaming levels of moving electromagnetic stimulation that move throughout the entire human body is another aspect of electronic targeted assault that contributes to the onset of depression, anxiety symptoms, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Being awakened in the early morning hours when it is suddenly turned on, both in your head and other times in the lower body, aimed at making the individual feel extremely uncomfortable. Then, the person, trying to offset their discomfort by eating or by anesthetizing themselves by drinking alcohol contributes to the long-term sequelae of electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture. Targeted Individuals claim to hear “voices” and some of these voices talk and answer them. This is one of the most insidious aspects of the targeting because the symptoms get labeled “schizophrenic” by medical doctors because the actual reason as to how this technology accomplishes what it accomplishes remain vague and poorly understood.

Gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture is a “bloodless crime.” In reviewing another form of phenomenon, Cattle Mutilations, where various forms of livestock are killed and then mutilated by organ removal. Cattle Mutilations, at first glance, doesn’t appear to be a “bloodless” crime but it does possess a form of bloodlessness. A very common report in cases of Cattle Mutilations is the draining of blood from the animal, followed by organ harvest. In many cases, people victimized by this form of crime, report no blood spatter or blood spill at the crime scene and since we can only understand the meaning behind its silent articulations, I asked myself what is the symbolism of “bloodless bloodshed.”

The symbolism of “bloodless bloodshed” can be described by the adjective “exsanguine” as in meaning “no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life.” Bloodless symbolism can also be described using the adjective “anemic” and in possessing a paler from illness or emotion. “She spoke with bloodless lips.” Yet in other symbolism bloodless can mean “without vigor or zest or energy” or “spiritless” as in “a bloodless young man.” In another form of symbolism bloodless bloodshed could also mean “devoid of human emotion or feeling,” as used in the phrase, “bloodless economic indicators.” It is the “nonhuman” symbolism inbloodless bloodshed that most closely represents what the phenomenon’s unspoken articulations represent as in “not belonging to humans, not produced by or appropriate to human beings.” Thissymbolism behind gang stalking, electronic targeted assault, and psychotronic torture establishing “fear and isolation from the opposing group” based on difference or conflict. When a group begins to no longer see the opposing group as human, what often follows is the collapse of meaningful dialogue and the eruption of violence. This means conflict is at the heart of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture. However, conflict is not abuse. Abuse is abuse and since violent abuse registers in the realm of psychotic foreclosure in the splitting of objects into good and bad parts (paranoid schizoid), thereby establishing these behaviors associated with gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture as belonging to a psychotic personality constellation in its analysis. It is for this reason in dream symbolism of the Targeted Individual, a corpse of someone you don’t know may symbolize the behavior of gang stalking violence, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture and represent the deranged mind of the perpetrator because of its tyrannical dictatorship over the individual. Just like the passage of Time in aging’s, the tyrannical rule over the living with Time’s slow creeping and ushering us into an age of predestine death and ultimately our own mortality through a third-party by proxy assistance. A corpse is emotionless, and psychotic foreclosure is devoid of the capacity of concern and well-being for another. That represents a lack of empathy that can register in dream symbolism as “a cadaver” or “dead body.”

Since political groups that inhabit the White House are extremely good at “spin” in transmitting disinformation, I have to ask the reason why Donald Trump was encouraged to run for president? Could this have been for the promoting of an illusion directed at Republican reprisal? Maybe not, but no one will know for sure because some things are kept clandestinely hidden from viewing eyes. This is my opinion because Donald Trump was manipulated just like Donald Trump manipulated others. It is this point to “illusion” and “theatrical stage production” that I have directed your attention here. The illusion that a Targeted Individual presents as “schizophrenic” because he or she is “hearing voices,” and its connection to a theatre re-enactment or a clandestine seduction utilizing deception (Machiavellianism) and “spin”.

Victims of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture suffer bloodless bloodshed can be explained through its symbolism (noted above). Its meaning and purpose belong to the Silent Production of Violence or Silent Crime and with the nature of the clandestine assaults, this means we have to read its silent articulations through reading silence, that is, through unspoken language which does not explicitly say which arrives at the point of falling away from any meaningful dialogue and the eruption of violence. This phenomenon has been called trauma-based conditioning in forming a subject and reading Judith Butler’s “The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection” can help one come to an understanding as to what this phenomenon represents.

Bloodless bloodshed is an oxymoron term that means violence that doesn’t draw blood but inflicts some type of harm. Through independent unbiased, methodological research studies into this phenomenon, one of the reason’s provided by the researchers as to why the gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture are being carried out; the number one answer was to get the individual to “follow-up” with a support group and meet with a psychiatrist for medications and for additional mental health benefits, grants/disability payments, etc. This would make sense if, the targeted person is part of a family group that deems violence as an acceptable way to settle disputes. The targeted person, who is not working or earning a financial income, allows other family members to care for him or her, the other family members may enter into a conspiracy that would force the person into a “cage” through gang stalking, electronic coercive control (assaults), and psychotronic torture. This might be considered a legitimate avenue with which to solve a problem for those existing in subcultures of violence. Women, as a vulnerable population, maybe the easiest and most vulnerable targets. Women who provide domestic services but do not get paid for their work are considered “non-wage earners.” That is, they exist to serve those at the top of the social hierarchy and are themselves vulnerable to assault. This is one of the reasons why women are most likely to be manipulated and exploited by men in their families. Investigations and research studies into this phenomenon are still very fresh and new, but researchers have concluded this phenomenon is really happening and it is a phenomenon that is poorly understood and requires additional research to fully understand better exactly what it represents.

Although men are targets as well, women have been historically oppressed by men who wish to do them harm and this is usually rooted in some type of difference of opinion or conflict. The most dangerous position a woman can place herself in is pregnancy. When she becomes pregnant, not only does she herself become dependent, but her child as well becomes a dependent; a dependent with a dependent. During the 19th century, the role of the asylum was used as a tool to oppress women who expressed a difference of opinion or displayed behaviors that went against their mainstream counterparts. In a similar tone, the role of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture is utilized in very much the same way. That is to say, it is used as a tool to oppress certain groups within a social order through hidden power structures that conceal identity and are most likely comprised of men. During the Victorian time period, men as the head of the household held absolute power over their wives and children. Husbands could then, therefore, with absolutely no proof, commit his wife to an asylum for various reasons. In the 19th century Victorian era these reasons included the following: insanity due to suppression of menses, insanity due to religious matters, insanity due to religious excitement, insanity due to nymphomania. Today, a woman would never be committed to a psychiatric hospital for such reasons. Today we have “commitment laws” that govern which types of psychiatric disorders are deemed a threat to the general public and demand that a patient be isolated from the general population at large. But to make my point, while many things do change from century-to-century and epoch-to-epoch, some things never change they only reshape and reform themselves into new types of phenomenon rooted in the same issues of social control by the majority group which, I have said, always tend to oppress minority groups through hidden power structures. Structures the likes we have witnessed during antebellum with the formation of the secret social group known as the Ku Klux Klan. When the social order loosely defines or fails completely to define what behaviors are considered deviant through the creation of statute laws clearly establishing criminal conduct, the mysteries surrounding the phenomenon will continue to befuddle and perplex everyday citizens and allow for the continuance of such crimes. This was certainly the case in the 19th century when Victorian women were locked away and never heard from again. Institutionalized and labeled “lunatics” the mystery surrounding their circumstances prevailed. We still observe abusive forms of control by men over women today in domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV). Two modern-day phenomena that continue to utilize coercive control and invisible power over women. Similarly, this was also the case when violence against former black slaves erupted post-antebellum. When Klan members carried out lynching and when some state or local authorities turned a blind eye to such behaviors allowing it to continue.

Gang Stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture is clearly a current crime trend, and it is being carried out in a subculture that supports violence. It is for this reason; I believe the people who find themselves targeted may have previously existed in a deviant subculture or they may have had past interactions or social ties with someone who is a part of a deviant subculture. I say may have because each case is unique and needs to be evaluated in a case-by-case manner. What happens when the deviant subculture is the NSA, the CIA, or the Secret Service? Those government agencies who are interested in service security surveillance. Violence is part of many deviant subcultures and violence is perceived as an acceptable way to settle disputes among some inner-city subcultures, not just by government agencies. This phenomenon is part of a much deeper cultural problem within the United States and around the globe.


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Cattle Mutilations.

Sources cited not in proper citation form that includes media files, some of which may be questionable, but there are many media files that provide evidentiary support for the phenomenon of the Targeted Individual:

Gang Stalking — Mind Control — “ELF” Electronic Harassment — National News Report

Organized Gang Stalking Covered on Local CBS Channel 5 News

GANGSTALKING — 100% proof of Police Involvement (Targeted Individuals).

Judge rules FBI terror watchlist violates Constitution

William Shatner Exposes the Organized Stalking of Cheryl Welsh on The History Channel

KMIR TV News Report on Organized Stalking & V2K Electromagnetic Weapons

NTD China In Focus: Electronic Harassment

Dr. Phil: Couple Learn Identity of Alleged Cyber Stalker.

Dr. Phil: Man Claims Hacker Penetrated Smart House Technology.

Gang Stalking Targets Speak at Presidential Hearings in NYC on May 18, 2011.

Government Surveillance: Security v. Liberty? [Fourth Branch] (brings up the question, “Then what’s the 4th Amendment for if a person is no longer secure from unreasonable searches and seizures? — The government is violating its own constitution creating an illusion of “freedom.”)

Gang Stalking and Electronic Harassment on national TV (woman targeted, suffered breaking and entering, food tainted with Rohypnol, and raped in her own home)

San Diego mom thinks she’s the victim of “community stalking”

Gang Stalking “Bullying on Steroids” Fox News Segment About Organized Stalking

Gang Stalker Tried and Convicted

CIA agents claim they were targeted by a ‘microwave weapon’ in Australia

Vice: The Nightmare World of Gang Stalking (media link suggests that shape-shifting reptilian aliens are taking on human form. This is not what is happening to me and I’m not sure if this is what’s behind gang stalking, but I might have meet one of them once but I have no definitive proof he was actually a shape-shifting reptilian alien. This could just be a metaphor for evil.)

Voice of God Weapon, Synthetic Telepathy, Cybernetic Hive Minds MK Ultra

ACLU: Invasion of the Data Snatchers

High-tech stalking: How abusers target victims with spyware and apps

Gang Stalking, Electronic Harassment — How the System Works

Targeted Individual Experiments with Frequency Weapons Implants Mind Control V2K Shielding

Vice: Meet the Targeted Individual Community

KCRA TV News Reports Organized Stalking of City Manager

Victim of Suspected Health Attacks on US Diplomats Speaks Out | TODAY

“60 Minutes” speaks with a survivor of a mysterious health attack in China

How Hackers Can Use Your Own Security Cameras to Spy on You

Targeted Individuals Monarch Project 2 (poor quality video)

Links Between Human Trafficking and Gang Stalking

The Baton Rouge Gunman and ‘Targeting Individuals’ — The New York Times

“Havana Syndrome” sufferers push for inquiry into possible microwave-based attack | The World

Is an invisible weapon targeting U.S. diplomats?

How an Alleged Sonic Attack Shaped U.S. Policy on Cuba | Times Documentaries

Microwave weapon that ‘targeted CIA agents’ is real, expert says

9/16/2020 — Former Dept. of Defense Secretary Mark Esper CONFIRMS Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) in space.

CBS — Is an Invisible Weapon Targeting U.S. Diplomats

NBC — Victim of Suspected Health Attacks on US Diplomats Speaks Out | TODAY

EPOCH TIMES — In China Thousands Exposed to Mind Control Technology Seek Answers

The New Yorker — How a CIA Coverup Targeted a Whistle Blower

The New Yorker — How a CIA Coverup Targeted a Whistle Blower

WRITTEN BY Karen Barna

Mother, Daughter, Student, Graduate, Lover of Books, Reader of Philosophy, Interested in Psychoanalysis, Criminology, Sexual Deviance, Social Justice&Law

Working with Dreams and Dream Symbolism

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The 18th-century painting by Henry Fuseli, “The Nightmare” (1781) Romanticism

The prescription that we should sleep upon problems is well known. Although the conscious ego is inactive while we sleep, some part of the mind continues working on the problems that beset it during the day, so that when we awake the solutions may be already in place.

We can sometimes obtain a demonstration of the problem-solving power of the dreaming mind if we visualize an unsolved anagram or mathematical puzzle while drifting to sleep. Instructing the mind to work on the puzzle, just before sleep descends, can often stimulate a dream solution.

At this point, it is interesting to question the effects of trauma on the patient as it would seem logical to me that trauma can block the creative mind. Certainly, manipulating the brain with electromagnetic frequency signals, as a form of assault, may reduce dream frequency and interrupt creative problem-solving. If we were to analyze this from a scientific standpoint we might begin by analyzing the hallucinations suffered by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or medical cases of insomnia. Since, to my knowledge, there is little known or written about the amount of dreaming when it comes to new techniques in medicine that utilize electronic stimulation of the brain.

Intellectual Insights and The Creative Mind

Sometimes answers are actually given in dreams. A famous example is that of the German chemist Friedrich Kekule who claimed that his ground-breaking discovery of the molecular structure of benzene, in 1961, came to him in a dream. Working hard on the problem, he fell asleep and dreamed of molecules dancing before his eyes, forming into patterns, then joining like a snake catching its tail in a dream representation of the so-called “benzene ring”.

The answer may come literally, unfiltered by symbol. The Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, after many fruitless attempts to tabulate the elements according to their atomic weight, dreamed their respective values and subsequently found all but one to be correct, a discovery that led to the publication of his periodic law in 1869.

When dreams offer symbolic rather than literal solutions, interpretation can be more difficult. the scientist Neils Bohr identified the model of a hydrogen atom in 1913 after a dream in which he stood on the sun and saw the planets attached to its surface by thin filaments as they circled overhead. Numerical solutions, in particular, may be conveyed in symbolic form, perhaps using associations lodged deep in the personal unconscious. For example, the number 3 might be indicated by an old three-legged stool from the dreamer’s childhood.

One of the most astonishing of all dream discoveries, involving visitation by a dream ghost, is that of H.V. Hilprecht, Professor of Assyrian at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1893, Hilprecht was trying to decipher inscriptions on drawings of two agate fragments believed to come from finger rings, dating from c. 1300 BC and excavated from ruins of a temple at Nippur in modern Iraq. Discouraged by lack of success, Hilprecht retried to bed and dreamed that an ancient Babylonian priest appeared before him to inform him with a wealth of background detail that the fragments were not separate rings at all but part of a cylinder that the priests had cut up to make earrings for a statue. If they were put together, the priest told him, the original inscription could be read with ease. Hilprecht awoke and confirmed the truth of his dream, receiving final proof when he examined the fragments in the museum at Istanbul.

The Nightmare

Psychological, as well as intellectual problems, can be solved through dreams. Anxiety dreams, for example, can help us recognize important truths about ourselves. In stark contrast to the modern view of “nightmares” is the original meaning of the word as an evil spirit that visited people in their sleep to seduce and so gain possession of them, body and soul. The “mare,” or “demon”, came to women as an incubus (shown in the 18th-century painting by Henry Fuseli, above) and to men as a succubus, leaving the dreamer feeling oppressed and overpowered, as if something heavy was pressing on his or her chest. Recent psychology suggests, but may not prove, that “nightmares” are dream symbols of unconscious sexual desires (especially repressed passive and masochistic aspects of sexual instinct). The only connection of support I can give for this suggestion would be to compare dreams to creative perversions of sexual deviance. If all sexual perversions are creative solutions to a problem by which they are encountered in our conscious reality through phantasy, then dreams may be the creative solutions to problems experienced in our waking reality through the realm of unconscious language or phantasy. That is to say, through symbolism.

Dreams of Mortality

The collective unconscious takes the long-term rather than the short-term view, associating death with change rather than with finality. However, at an individual level, death has always vexed, terrified, and fascinated us, and the Level 1 and 2 dreams that lie not far below the surface of our conscious minds may be filled with anxieties about our own death or about the ultimate loss of loved ones or close friends. To explain what these levels are remember the collective unconscious is a vast historical storehouse of the human race containing ideas, symbols, themes, and archetypes that form the raw material of the world’s myths, legends, and religious system. There are three subconscious levels of the mind:

Level 1 is the most superficial class, drawing primarily on the material in the preconscious mind. Dream images from this level can often be taken at face value.

Level 2 deals with material from the personal unconscious, using predominantly symbolic language, much of it specific to the dreamer.

Level 3 contains what Jung called “grand dreams.” These deal with material from the collective unconscious, operating only in symbols and archetypes.

Fearful dreams about our own mortality may indicate the need for us to come more to terms, in conscious life, with our inevitable fate. Dreams about the death of others, though, may depict more abstract fears — for example, a concern about the annihilation of the personality or the self, or dread of judgment or divine retribution, or of hell, or of the manner of death, and so on.

Death in dreams sometimes carries precognitive warnings about the future. Abraham Lincoln dreamed his own death only days before he was assassinated, seeing his corpse laid out in funeral vestments in a room of the White House. Many dreams of death, however, have no association with mortality at all. Some may relate to aspects of the dreamer’s own psychological life, or to a change in life circumstances. Symbols of death may also draw the dreamer’s attention to forthcoming irrevocable events, such as retirement, losing a job, moving house, or ending a close relationship.

Reading the obituary of someone during a dream, or seeing their tombstone, or attending their funeral, may suggest the dismissal of that person from a job, or their relegation from the dreamer’s affections, or their fall from grace in some other way. I don’t believe the corpse of the woman in my eruption of the Real dream is really “unknown” to me. I believe she is someone I encountered during my waking life at some point in my history. Perhaps in a bar, or a grocery store, or as a person visiting a neighbor of mine.

Dream images relating to the dreamer’s own death can carry similar meanings, although The Golden Dreamer, a dream handbook published in 1840, saw such images as denoting speedy marriage and success in all undertakings.

In light of this new information highlighted above, my analysis regarding my dream of another person’s death may suggest the abstract fear of annihilation of the personality or the self. This may provide supportive evidence that remote experimental medicine may be utilizing electronic targeted assaults to harness and/or change/control personality and behavior. Or the inverse possibility of a clandestine criminal conspiracy. Since there is no pharmaceutical drug that can correct a personality disorder or even cure addiction. Since personality disorders can be connected to sexual orientation and sexual deviance, it makes sense this may be an explanation for the electronic targeted assaults of certain individuals. That is, electronic targeted assaults of the Targeted Individual as a result of fear of Other whether it be because of their mental illness, sexual orientation, or some other aspect of the Self. All personality is like glass glued to a table and the prevalence of the Histrionic Personality Disorder connections to homosexuality can be supportive evidence.

In the work of Michael Foucault, The History of Sexuality (Vol. 3): The Care of Self, Foucault takes us into the first two centuries of our own era, into the Golden Age of Rome, to reveal a subtle but decisive break from the classical Greek vision of sexual pleasure. He skillfully explores the whole corpus of moral reflection among philosophers; Plutarch, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and physicians of the era, and uncovers an increasing mistrust of pleasure and growing anxiety over sexual activity and its consequences. How does this connect to the phenomenon known as the Targeted Individual suffering electronic targeted assaults in the age of non-essentialism?

This concept of non-essentialism was famously expanded upon by Foucault in his History of Sexuality, in which he argues that even gender and sexual orientation are contrived formations and that our concept of essentialist notions of gender or sexuality is flawed. For example, he argues that the entire class of homosexuality is in fact quite recent, built up by cultural norms and an interplay between different groups in society, but with no more essential a quality than, for example, the idea of beauty.

Explaining the Real in the Work of Julia Kristeva and Jacques Lacan

The art of Gabriel von Max, “The Anatomist,” Realism (1869)

“You see, gentlemen, reason is an excellent thing, there’s no disputing that, but reason is nothing but reason and satisfies only the rational side of man’s nature, while will is a manifestation of the whole life, that is, of the whole human life including reason and impulse.” ~Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

The closest we come to “the Real” is in our neonatal experience following birth at a time before language. In our neonatal experience, we do not understand word meanings. Words are not yet understood because our capacity to express and understand language has not been formed yet. The neonatal experience is based on feelings and sensations the body and our mirror provides us. Thus, the time before language creates the unconscious in our human experience of conscious awareness. The only experience connecting us remotely to another through language is based on Winnicott’s concept of the mirror. Mommy smiles at us and we smile back. Mommy squeezes a squeaky toy and we laugh uncontrollably or become frightened depending on the nature of the child. We are hungry or wet and we cry. Mommy grimaces a “what’s the matter look” as she places a bottle in our mouths or changes our diaper. This neonatal experience is perceived as a shared union, in symbiosis with the mother as his “mirror.” This is all we understand of language in the neonatal experience. Thus, the Real is connected to the neonatal experience with the maternal body. As the child grows and begins to experience the world, he or she begins to realize that mommy and he are two separate individuals and not the same person.

Because the nature of human language can be flawed through the loss of meaning in our communication, Jacques Lacan theorized this concept of “the Real.” We can lose the conscious meaning of communication when it falls into the crevices of our unconscious mind unnoticed or ill-understood during our waking reality, the latter being the case in our neonatal experience with mommy, the infant body, and the environment at a time before language. Thus, we can receive these unnoticed or ill-understood communications along with their meaning in dream symbolism. When this happens, the meaning of lost communication, unnoticed or ill-understood or otherwise, gets captured by the unconscious mind and the language and meaning comes back to us through dream signs. This concept sets up the possibility for the anal sadistic universe to be expressed in dreams as well because the creation of the anal sadistic universe is part of some individual’s communication repertoire. In trauma patients who cannot process their traumatic and violent experiences consciously, it may, as one aspect of the unconscious in psychoanalytic thought, come back to them in dreams or be experience in psychic hallucinations seen in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Here I am only explaining the eruptions of “the Real” in dreams as part of the unconscious. I cannot explain them as hallucinations that erupt in PTSD.

Not only can the meaning of communication become lost, but it can also become confusing. Another aspect of language is its capacity to confound through mixed signals, and an example of confusing communication is when someone tells you they love you, and they follow up this statement with actions and behaviors that don’t support the statement. This often happens in cases of battered women when their husbands are at times loving and caring, and then at other times, suffer psychotic breaks and physically or sexually assault them. It is during these times of psychotic foreclosure meaning falls away. This is part of the abjection of being “cast down by another,” which is part of “the real.” Many times, people witness or hear about violent acts of aggression they cannot wrap their head around because the meaning behind why someone would want to commit such bloody acts of mass shootings, committing murder is because meaning has fallen away from language. That is, the ability to express oneself, through language, in a coherent non-violent way has been disrupted and has fallen away.

Sigmund Freud gave us his theory of “Fort-da” in which he theorized, after observing a child playing with a toy, repeatedly through it down and cast it away from him and his crib. Freud postulated this was the child’s way of managing his separation anxiety he felt when his mother left him. This is a state of abjection or casting down of another. In dream eruptions of the Real, the state of abjection and/or casting down is symbolized most commonly as a corpse because the corpse represents the horror and disgust of severance. Much like the horror and disgust of the little child when severance from mother occurs. The severance or castrating death from the living is feared and repudiated by all men. This is part of “the Real” in states of abjection or in states of casting down and away and it is connected with pre-Oedipal relations and the maternal body, and with the separation-individuation phase (rapprochement) phase of childhood.

So, what does it mean when we dream of death? The answer. It means something a little different for everyone. Most commonly it symbolizes brokenness, transformation, and new change, starting a new chapter in one’s life, a new beginning, separation, or end, or it could actually symbolize mortal death itself. For me, in my eruption dream of the Real, I theorize that since the neonatal experience also encompasses a time before the infant has learned the capacity for concern and empathy, something that is shaped through language, communication, and the human experience. I have theorized “the corpse” symbolized in my dream represents the clandestine veiled assaults of electronic torture and electronic targeting, and as such, establishes its connection to the psychopathic state of the perpetrator. As is the case with psychotic foreclosure, or as in the case of certain personality disorders and establishing psychopathic identities through reading silence. Because during states of psychotic foreclosure, the psychopath exists in a void of emotion, because he/she does not have the capacity to love or to feel concern or empathy for his or her victims. This state places him or her outside of language, in an emotionless state, similar to death or the symbol of “the corpse” in my eruption of the Real dream. Because emotion allows for the capacity for feeling sentiment, that is passionate love or happiness for another, this person seems to present him or herself as someone existing outside of language who might exhibit shallow effect or cyclical abusive behaviors towards others. To describe the difference between passionate love and lack of emotion, let’s consider the movement of a symphony or song with musical tones and pitches similar to the movement of an ocean that rocks back and forth the movement of the water. This description contrasts greatly from that of a mill pond that is flat in tone, lacking movement, and is completely still. In psychotic foreclosure, a person may feel passionate hatred or anger towards another when violence erupts, but this is where meaning falls away in language because its spoken communication lacks the capacity to coherently express itself in a civil and orderly way.

Another element that can be brought into my eruption of the Real dream analysis, was that I received two requests from two different publishers over to have one of my writings published. The article was published in one of the online publications called “The Startup” on February 14th. This caused an increase in activity on that day over my Medium website. This particular writing was viewed close to 400 times and then was followed by a lull. So, the graph that details the number of times a reader read my Medium website increased significantly on February 14th making the graph that represents activity over my medium website have one large phallic column on this particular day. This could have further stimulated my unconscious in terms of “castrating death” and “the corpse” because it was on February 14, 2003, my nephew was tragically killed at the young age 19 in a car accident. Combining my perceptions regarding this with the intent of clandestine electronic targeted assaults and electronic torture, you can come to an understanding how dreaming of “death” or a “corpse” will have different meanings for everyone because everyone’s life experiences are different and everyone’s perceptions are different too. Bringing in another aspect, I also had a boyfriend in late adolescence who was rather well endowed (the large phallic column?) and his birthday was on February 14th, Valentine’s Day.

Another connection to my eruption of the Real dream was a previous dream I experienced and had remembered to write down. I titled the dream “The Demonic Wizard Dream” and in this dream, I was forced to watch the torture of a loved one by a demonic male Wizard, who also happened to have blue eyes and blonde hair, similar to the corpse in my eruption of the Real dream. I called this male “the Wizard” because in my dream he possessed “magical” powers. This connects to the repetitive viewing of “the corpse” (Death) in my eruption of the Real dream connecting this dream to an actual state of abjection, the casting down and away of another through “magical powers” that violently assault. Thus, I theorized that “the corpse” actually, more truthfully, represents the electronic targeted assaults and torture in the psychotic state of foreclosure in the mind of the “demonic wizard” (psychopath/state of psychotic foreclosure) as it exists outside of language, lacking a civilized, coherent meaning that is ordered through civil communication.

Because my eruption of the Real dream involved the death of a stranger, this indicates that there are changes going on around me but I feel completely detached from them. This is connected with my feelings of separation and isolation in my estrangement from my family which was imposed on me by some of my family members.

In Tarot Card readings, the Death card does not generally mean physical death. It usually signifies spiritual transformation and a time of change and new beginnings. The change that Death can bring can be difficult, unexpected, sudden, or even traumatic but it will bring with it a new lease of life. The transformation brought through the Death card can be a bit of a shock to the system but ultimately, it’s supposed to be a positive one. I don’t feel this way about my two dreams since this is not a tarot card reading but a forensic psychoanalysis in the interpretation of two nightmares.

The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

According to Edwin Arlington Robinson, “poetry is a language that tells, through a more or less emotional reaction, something that cannot be said.” Evaluating poems can be, among other things, a way to learn something about yourself, for what you like in poetry says a lot about where your values lie.

The following poem particularly appealed to me for a few different reasons. For one, it carefully details, in poetic verse, the harshness of wintery cold’s abandon and its invisible grip on the living, forcing all observing its power to watch its influence drape over us in icy sparkling disgrace. Its power of censure over life that haunts the human psyche connecting Life with Death. In the season’s abject response to all that thrive, we question, can even a germ of new birth survive a winter’s harsh cold? With winter’s cold abandon, the season forces a struggle against life’s consummate end. As a writing, this poem mimics the Natural School of writers, and it seems to me, a salutation in Dostoevskian style of a harsh Petersburg life. As the poem followed the close of the 19th century. Its birth lingers at the cusp of the early 20th century as Harding wrote this poem on December 31, 1900.

The other reason I’m inclined to admire this poem, is in its description of winter, using words like crypt, corpse, broken, and shrunken, and then attempts to connect it to the living with words like full-hearted joy, and ecstatic caroling song which bridges the gap between the vibrance of life and the abjection of death. In the psychoanalytic theory of the Real, in the work of Julia Kristeva, the poem reads wintery Silence in astute observation and brings Voice to something that can only be faintly perceived in the human mind because Death is something that exists beyond language in the human unconscious. That is why it is difficult for the subject to perceive of death as a human subject. Death is usually veiled in symbolism and signs in the human unconscious through dreams. This poem brings to life, as in an eruption dream of the Real, the ambiguous state of abjection where subject and object become blurred in the realm of ambiguities and paradoxes. The prospect of Death bringing a full-hearted joy is something of a paradox. In the unconscious realm of dreams, the eruption of the Real, in this state of the abject, a corpse would symbolize this wintery state of being “cast down” and the poem’s symbols reveals winter’s power over the living. This “wintery power,” as a state of abjection, outside of language in human unconscious, is brought to our conscious awareness through the poems symbolism similar to the symbols given us in dreams. In the religious spirit of hope in an Afterlife, we hear the author symbolize Hope in the aged thrush’s joyful song of which the author is unaware as to why this bird would seem so joyful.

The Darkling Thrush
by Thomas Harding

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was specter gray,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land's sharp features seemed to be
The Century's corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon the earth
Seemed fervorless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;

An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for caroling
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

But what if the poem presented no such bridge between Death and the living song of Hope the aged thrush sings? We would be presented with nothing more than the icy chilling fingers of a wintery cold Death in the depths of a frigid stone crypt and in the presence of a ghostly gray spectered corpse; dank, dark, and isolated.


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In terms of penis dimensions and sperm velocity within the field of zoology, specifically within bat populations, researchers established a link between two physical attributes pertaining to male bat genitalia. They were penis size and sperm velocity. Researchers found, that in male bats, penis head width correlated with sperm velocity which prompted the researchers to suggest that penis shape might act as a marker of male fertility. Of course, these are animals who literally have to “screw on the fly” and so there may be genetic advantages when it comes to sperm velocity and penis length in terms of “wrangling” a fisty female in the treetop canopy. This started to tantalized my imagination with questions like, “How might this correlate to the penis attributes in cheating men?” That is, in some men who literally “screw on the fly.” Well, there has been no research conducted as of yet, and so, it is with great disappointment I can offer no comparisons between human males and their penis size, sperm velocity, and active past history when copulating with a diverse population of females. Well, not at least at this present time.

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It has long been recognized that the impressive diversity of male genitalia among animal taxa emphasized that organs related to copulation have evolved faster than any other traits and many of these evolving physiological characteristics have strengthened reproductive barrier and speciation processes. Current scientific opinions tend to agree that sexual selection drives diversification as penis shape could first evolve through female selection during post-copulatory competition. Men with desirable penis attributes would thus gain an advantage in winning favor against concurrent suitors (thereby displacing competitor male ejaculate). The morphology of male bat genitalia may further become entangled in a sort of genital arms race when female interests differ from those of males and sexual conflicts arise. Large penises could also be evolutionarily selected when female genital tracks have to be reached from a distance. Thus, contributing to penis shape and length. For flying mammals, this could pose a real problem and anyone who has ever watched nature shows know that “screwing on the fly” is a real challenge in the natural world. Thus, an elaborate penis may then contribute to extending copulation duration by locking the female genitalia and reducing the female capacity to re-mate with another male within a certain period of time. (Here I’m thinking when two animals become locked together after copulation, becoming unable to separate because of the male’s elaborate shape and penis size). Specific penis shapes or copulatory behaviors could also be selected for by females, as a way of being honestly informed about the good genes or fertility of their partner. This would enable mechanisms involved in cryptic female choice to shape the collective male genital gene pool and facilitate evolutionary mechanism with regard to desired size and shape. The most important contribution of this research: “It would seem reasonable to assume that penis size and its scaling to body size should be sexually selected for” since penises that sexually stimulate female genitalia in a pleasurable way would most likely be selected again after initial copulation thereby displacing the less desired males’ genetic contributions. In human comparison it would be the difference of say, Magic Johnson having sexual intercourse with a 3″ midget as opposed to two partners of relatively the same size, shape, and length. How stimulating could the sexual encounter be when significant allometric differences are involved? The researchers noted that when uncovering the difference regarding penis size and shape in male bats the steep allometric slop representing large penises were disproportionally large in large individuals.

In the study of the relative growth of male genitalia of an organism, in relation to the growth of its whole body, insect, and spider species have been by far better researched than any other taxonomic group. At first glance, mammalian genitalia conforms to the general trend, with less than a quarter of the species exhibiting an allometric slope greater than 1 (meaning, less than 25% of male mammals are well endowed with a large penis shape and size in comparison to whole-body size). Furthermore, penis length has only been analyzed in a handful of studies. Which means, no word about its evolutionary purpose in humans. A crucial point that arises with regard to the genetic distribution of size and shape in human male genitalia is the fact that only wealthy men may actually have any chance of contributing any significant portion of their genes to genetic diversity, as wealth promotes prolific breeding patterns granting a better chance at increasing the genetic distribution of an individual’s genes. The Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II is an excellent example of this. Ramesses II had a large number of children. The largest of any Egyptian Pharaoh. He sired between 48 to 50 sons and 40 to 53 daughters. That is between 88 and 103 children. His genetic trait contribution, including penis length, would have made an excellent genetic research study in terms of his individual genealogy. Most human men do not have large numbers of offspring and so, in humans, large penis size is left to the luck of the draw. But still, I like to imagine my past promiscuous ex-boyfriends, you know the ones who are devilishly handsome, charmingly witty, and who screw anything that moves behind your back, swinging from branch to branch, in some pre-historic lush jungle endowed with a phallus large enough to copulate anything from a distance.

WRITTEN BY Karen Barna

Mother, Daughter, Student, Graduate, Lover of Books, Reader of Philosophy, Interested in Psychoanalysis, Criminology, Sexual Deviance, Social Justice&Law

Eruption of the Real and Understanding the Work of Julia Kristeva’s Powers of Horror: Analyzing Winnicott’s theory of the mirror and understanding the concept of the self and other in Fydor Dostoevsky’s The Double

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“The psychobiological basis of the experience of intimacy starts with ‘utmost experience of inhabiting and sharing another body’ (Eizirik, 2016), which suffuses all of life, making “the human being an animal that depends on a partner.” (1)

In the 1980 book by Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (abject as in the act of casting away or down; the act of humbling or abasing; abasement), she draws on the theories of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan to examine horror, marginalization, castration, the phallic signifier, the “I/Not I” dichotomy, the Oedipal complex, exile, and other concepts appropriate to feminist criticism and queer theory. The abject marks a “primal order” that escapes signification in the symbolic order, the term is used to refer to the human reaction of horror or vomit to a threatened breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of the distinction between subject and object, or between the self and the other which marks a difference. (2)(3)

The abject is a position that radically excludes and draws toward a place where meaning collapses. It is neither object nor subject, the abject is situated at a place before we entered into the symbolic order. “Abjection preserves what existed in the archaism of pre-objectal relationship, in the immemorial violence with which a body becomes separated from another body in order to be”. The abject marks what Kristeva termed “primal repression,” one that precedes the establishment of the subject’s relation to its objects of desire and of representation, before the establishment of the opposition between consciousness and the unconscious. This “primal repression” is rooted in a time before the acquisition of language, that is the learned capacity to formulate with words to express thoughts, feelings, and perceptions with words. However, on the level of our individual psychosexual development, the abject marks the moment when we separated ourselves from the mother when we began to recognize a boundary between “me” and “not me,” that is, between “me” and “(m)other.” The abject is a precondition to narcissism, which is to say, a precondition for the narcissism of the mirror stage, which occur after we establish these primal distinctions. The abject thus at once represents the threat that meaning is breaking down and constitutes our reaction to such a breakdown; a re-establishment of our “primal repression.” The abject has to do with “what disturbs, identity, system, order.” What does not respect “borders, positions, rules” and, so, can also include crimes like Auschwitz. Such crimes are abject precisely because they draw attention to the “fragility of the law.”(2)(3)

We can take these associations with “the abject” in its relation to such a “breakdown” in what disturbs identity, system, order in actions and events that do not respect borders, positions, and rules, and so we can also include within this category sadistic sexual assault, physical assault, and violent acts of bondage and discipline in BDSM as well as the tethering of a human subject with electromagnetic frequency with which to torture.

Eruption of The Real

Kristeva associates such a response with our rejection of death’s insistent materiality. Kristeva is quite careful to differentiate knowledge of death or the meaning of death (both of which can exist within the symbolic order) from the traumatic experience of being actually confronted with the sort of materiality that traumatically shows one’s own death:

“A wound with blood and pus, or the sickly, acrid smell of sweat, of decay, does not signify death. In the presence of signified death — a flat encephalograph, for instance — I would understand, react, or accept. No, as in true theater, without makeup or masks, refuse and corpses show me what I permanently thrust aside in order to live. These body fluids, this defilement, this shit is what life withstands, hardly and with difficulty, on the part of death. There, I am at the border of my condition as a living being.” (2)(3)

The corpse especially exemplifies Kristeva’s concept since it literalizes the breakdown of the distinction between subject and object that is crucial for the establishment of identity and for our entrance into the symbolic order. What we are confronted with when we experience the trauma of seeing a human corpse (particularly the corpse of a friend or family member) is our own eventual death made palpably real. As Kristeva puts it, “The corpse, seen without God and outside of science, is the utmost of abjection. It is death infecting life. Abject.” (2)(3)

Bridging the connection of Kristeva’s psychoanalytic theory and the eruption of the Real to my macabre dream of death, the corpse, bloody water (fluids), and the flying blue eyeball:

In my dream, everything takes place in darkness, that is, in the absence of daylight. In my dream, a woman, whom I don’t recognize, has died. She has blonde hair and blue eyes and died rather young. I would say somewhere in her 40s. I remember her wearing a red hooded cloak that was worn for warmth. It was made of some plush textile or red velvet. At this woman’s funeral, the embalming process had been terribly botched. In my dream, the funeral arrangements went on as planned and the woman looked terrible, it was terrible work as far as preparing a body after death and for the presentation of viewing, as far as I was concerned. In my dream, you could re-visit this woman’s body. She was placed in a type of stone sarcophagus and the lid could be removed to view the body. Every night I went back to her sarcophagus, and the lid was removed for me, and every night her body became more and more disfigured. Until one of the final viewings of her body, she was completely submerged in water, as the sarcophagus filled with fresh clear water, it had a light illuminating the inside, similar to a light that would illuminate a pool at night. In the last viewing of her body, when the lid was removed, there was blood in the water and the body was gone. All that remained was her severed head. In my dream, one of her eyes was removed from her body and this woman’s eye was “preserved” and turned into a “flying eyeball”. Although the eyeball didn’t look like a left-over body part, it resembled more closely a mechanical Android eye. A computer eyeball that contained and preserved the woman’s personality and her identity as she had presented herself as a human being on Earth. It could fly without the help of wings or a propeller and it could talk to you. It had the preserved intelligence of the dead woman. The eye was blue. In one sequence of the dream, I was accompanied by a male, of whom I did not recognize, and we were alerted by the authorities that there were reports from airplanes of a glowing round object in the night sky and reports claimed this light was growing and getting larger, expanding itself. Well, it turned out that this large, circular growing light in the sky was coming from the blue flying eyeball.

I don’t normally have frightening or terrifying dreams, but one night ago, I did. I felt sacred through this entire dream as I found myself always in darkness, in a void and absence of light, and, also, dealing with mortality and the constant viewing of a corpse, night after night, in what would become the unknown. The unknown of what I would find next, every time the sarcophagus lid was removed. I am relating this element of the unknown to the unconscious unknown with regard to trauma victims.

I’m wondering if Kristeva’s theory on the abject with regard to a “breakdown” and our response to this “breakdown,” as the abject has to do with “what disturbs, identity, system, and order” could be used to theorize a psychoanalytic interpretation to uncover the meaning behind my dream.

Death and assisted suicide definitely disturb the living order of things and this dream re-counts portions of the order of my father’s passing. He had blue eyes. During my father’s funeral, the undertaker used a machine that manipulated his face, based on a photo my family had provided the funeral home, and it cause him to lose one of his eyes during the embalming process. His right eye. My father’s hospice care was botched. My father’s embalming process, as far as I am concerned, was botched. He had an immediate burial and there was never a “viewing sarcophagus,” but I was terrified by the entire ordeal; of my father’s declining health and the foreboding process of his impending state-assisted suicide. What terrified me the most about my father’s death was that a person could leave such a delicate procedure to incompetent people within an incompetent state healthcare apparatus. I certainly was not in my right frame of mind as I have past issues with trauma and this was a very traumatic experience for me and I didn’t want to take part in “killing” anyone, even if it was that person’s wish to die. In my dream, I am forced to “face death” repeatedly. That is, face the death of this middle-aged woman, by viewing her decaying, decomposing, and ultimately disfigured body night after night. And the only connection to my reality, regarding this fact, is the memory of my father’s death that I have often revisited, night after night and to which I am tormented. Facing death is something that frightens everybody but these details are even more frightening. I am “in the presence of signified death. . . No, as in true theater, without makeup or masks, refuse and corpses show me what I permanently thrust aside in order to live. These body fluids, this defilement, this shit is what life withstands, hardly and with difficulty, on the part of death. There, I am at the border of my condition as a living being.” Here I stand at the edge of experimental psychotherapy that forces me to embrace death and accept its reality as the pendulum tik toks the moments away to my ultimate demise under the tyrannical reign of some deranged lunatic; my targeted electronic assaults.

According to Julia Kristeva, “On the level of our individual psychosexual development, the abject marks the moment when we separated ourselves from the mother when we began to recognize a boundary between “me” and other, between “me” and “(m)other. The abject is a precondition to narcissism.” But it could also be postulated that “on the level of my individual psychosexual development, because I identified with my father and not my mother, ushering in the moment of separation (death) between a child and her father, not only marks the establishment of a “breakdown” and a re-establishment of an “alternate order and system of things.” It recognizes the similarity found between “me” and “other.” “What does not respect borders, positions, rules” and, so, can also include crimes not only like Auschwitz or state-assisted suicide in the annihilation of Objects through an abject reality, it can also explain when one who does not respect borders, boundaries, or rules of the natural order of things in relation to, and respect for, the Object, but rather establishes “the abject mark” or “separation” defining the inception to which the resulting breakdown began.

But who is the middle-aged woman with the blonde hair and blue eyes? Since her death possesses similarities to my father’s death, and I identified with my father, does she actually represent me? Am I the one being forced to “face my own death?” The fact that this woman’s death represented an initial “disfigurement,” a derangement, and thereafter, I was forced to preview her decomposing and disfigured body, night after night, could this be connected to Winnicott’s theory of “the mirror.” Winnicott was influenced by Lacanian theory and he gave us the concept of “the mirror.”

“Revealing a Lacanian influence, Winnicott (1967) refers to the mother’s face as a precursor of the mirror “when I look, I am seen; therefore, I exist,” we find our truth in the face of others in dynamics of absence/presence, existence/non-existence (Ogden) which are essential for the creation of subjectivity. It is a paradoxical process, ‘on the one hand, there are . . . exchanges and communication pathways between two subjects, on the other hand, it is also necessary to coexist with the idea the Other’s interior is ultimately intangible and inaccessible. . . the fundamental role in intimacy . . . [includes] our work as a double (Botella and Botella). . .” (1)

This brings us to the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Double in literary analysis. In an article entitled, A Reading of Dostoevsky’s The Double Through The Psychoanalytic Concepts of The Self and The Other by David Lane, Lane writes:

“Lacan’s development of the imaginary register traces back to some of his earliest writings on the topic of the mirror stage. In his description of the neonate’s captivation at the sight of its own reflection, Lacan provides a theory for the origins of the ego. He claims that the subject, while still “sunk in his motor incapacity and nursling dependence” — biological inadequacy due to the prematurity of human birth — “originally identifies himself with the visual Gestalt of his own body . . . [which] represents an ideal unity, a salutary imago.” (4)

To explain, Gestalt Principles are principles or laws of human perception that describe how humans group similar elements, recognize patterns, and simplify complex images when we perceive objects. Designers use the principles to organize content on websites and other interfaces so it is aesthetically pleasing and easy to understand. (5)

Here I am confronted with questions surrounding my own experiences regarding electronic targeted assaults and electronic torture I have been forced to endure and the Truth they represent. By utilizing a fundamental understanding in the literary interpretation of Dostoevsky’s The Double and Winnicott’s mirror, and utilizing Gestalt Principles in psychology, my dream has uncovered the unconscious symbolism rooted in my electronic torture as the presentation of a unknown phallic signifier through a mode of castration and we can prove this by using Kristeva’s theory put forth in her book Powers of Horror.

Reference Sources:

(1) Levy, R. (2017). ‘Intimacy, the drama and beauty of encountering the Other’. The Journal of Analytical Psychology, 63(4), 546–549.

(2) Kristeva, Julia. (1982) Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. trans. by Leon S.Roudiez. New York. Columbia University Press. Originally published in Pouvoirs de l’horreur (Paris: Seuil, 1980)

(3) Power of Horrors. Retrieved on February 18, 2021.

(4) Lane, D. (2004). A Reading of Dostoevsky’s the Double Through the Psychoanalytic Concepts of the Self and the other. The Dostoevsky Journal: A Comparative Literature Review, 5(1), 1–11.

(5) Gestalt Psychology.

Other source references to consider but not cited:

Irina Paperno. (1997). “Dostoevsky’s Fiction: The Metaphysics of Suicide,” in Suicide as a Cultural Institution in Dostoevsky’s Russia. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, pp. 123–66.

Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover, “Dostoyevsky, Freud and Parricide; Deconstructive Notes on The Brothers Karamazov, New Zealand Slavonic Journal (1993), pp 7–34.Karen Barna

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