Friday, October 5, 2012


A blueprint of amorphous unconscious forces, a demonstration of the underlying anteriority within inner space constitutes much of psychosis. A psychotic's perception is distorted and rendered hallucinatory by virtue of certain neurochemical anomalies and dysfunctions . They may see things, hear voices and perceive, through inchoate meanderings, a fundamentally twisted and convoluted spiraling inwardness that an infant inside the placenta is doubled up, folded in on itself, both self enclosed and self contained. The amniotic fold is the sheathe which simultaneously circumscribes and liberates.. Psychosis projects, through indeterminacy of reason, propensities that detonate and undermine structures of ego and superego. Yet, though possessed of the id's primevality, the superego's punitive, retributiveness is equally present in a psychotic mind.

Inturned expostulations and circumlocutions often mirror a mirror's relationship to the one who looks at it. The mirror ( conscious) faithfully and impassively, within the closed circle of self and self reflects that which is proffered to it. Yet the corporeal worldliness of the mirror implies that any gaze directed upon it, though unreflectingly ricocheted attenuates and becomes representative of measured self communion for the interlocutor. The more frenetic the distance from an ostensible reality, the more indefatigable is the impulse to penetrate the truth. It is not twice removed but symbiotically cleaved to a reality that goes back and forth because there can be no image without the mirror and no mirror unless an image yields itself up as subject/object.

Inaccurate overdeterminations may implacably attune the flux of images and patterns of being into ontological tremulousness yet the reality of overcompensated for external reality, distilled through frantic hallucinogenic gropings, is ineluctably interlinked and intermeshed in a psychotic's consciousness. As stated, the interlocutor's perception, the fervor of his propinquity/distance from the image signifies his ambivalent and equivocal peregrination of the real whose impersonating of itself as real cannot negate its autogenetic self constitution. Yet a modicum of collective complicity renders this putative real real. And it is this real, whose inadvertent/perhaps willing repudiation causes the psychotic to surrender to the propulsive ferocity of proliferating delusions whose depredations take numerous forms but whose constituents are unambiguously singular.

Ellipses, misrepresentations, metonymic slippages are perhaps natural because the suppression of exteriority is in direct proportion to its unmitigated representation in the mirror. But because the reality, compounded, rendered metaphorical through depersonalization underpins its variegated dimensions, it is of necessity, intra real yet inter real. Intra because its monologic colloquy due to outer repudiations and inter because it can coexist inextricably but cannot commingle, without disastrous consequences as such interpenetration renders a sense of selfhood, however tenuous, into obliterated non being. A leap of faith may confer an illusory intermarriage, buttressed by imagination but two incontestably dyadic realities cannot intermingle though they can intersect. The image cannot become the mirror nor the mirror coalesce with the image.

Interventions, disavowals depersonalize the depersonalization of the psychotic. Riven by divisions the psychotic's fragmentation within his self existent world causes a relocation of his dispossession into the arena of the acceptable. The gaze into the mirror is palpably not disavowed but the perceiving consciousness has metamorphosed. It still sees itself in a narcissistic self regard but because its self regard is validated, celebrated and consecrated as a return to the real its gaze is overlooked. Perhaps this gaze is the individual's sifting through the debris of the collective or an affirmation of its singularity within the collective.

Psychosis was never an undifferentiated dispersal of reality into constituent unreals. Rather it was a para reality that amplified the veracity and uncertainty of the so called real through redoubling, mis/re apperception, reconstitution, reordering and recreation. Yet its representativeness, because based on unreason ( though there is no ipso facto reason) resulted in a kind of reappropriation whose precariourness and removal from the collective made it appear as irrational. The self couldn't see the mirror as a mirror but only its image. Once it could differentiate between being and image, dislocation and diffusion, dismembering and becoming and mirror and selfhood, it reemerged from the cauldron of id, never eschewing its presence or validity but reconstructing its dynamics into a seamless navigation. Psychosis, unobliterated but redistributed and redefined, singularly indelible yet collectively intertwined, part but whole.

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