Ktismatics

19 August 2007

The Doctor Will See You Now: Case Study 1

Filed under: Psychology — ktismatics @ 12:40 pm

The other day I put up a page on the blog describing MY PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE, an edited and shortened version of an earlier post. (The link to this page appears at the top of the blog, just under the “Ktismatics” banner.) Soon Parodycenter put up a comment. “dear Dr Doyle,” it begins: “I read your advertisement with great interest. I have a big problem…” The comment then outlines the nature of the problem. “Can you help me?” the comment concludes. I must confess to a certain degree of ambivalence upon reading this comment, as evidenced by my two responses. In light of Parodycenter’s subsequent reply I think perhaps the right course of action is to engage in a public psychoanalysis of his problem.

Background. Parodycenter is a blog name for Dejan, the creator and writer of the blog Cultural Parody Center. I first became aware of this blog in April, when Dejan wrote a post extolling the virtues of Ktismatics. Since then I have been a regular reader and occasional commenter at the Parody Center. Less consistently I read some of the other blogs on the Parody Center’s blogroll, affording me the opportunity to read Dejan’s comments elsewhere. And of course he contributes his observations here at Ktismatics as well.

While Dejan seems well-versed and expresses strong opinions on a wide array of subjects, he seems repeatedly drawn to a few. Jacques Lacan and Lacanian psychoanalysis. Film, especially David Lynch’s Inland Empire (thumbs up) and Zack Snyder’s 300 (thumbs down). Sex, especially in its more transgressive manifestations. Serbia and the former Yugoslavia (tragic). Slavoj Zizek (contemptible). Perhaps most notable has been Dejan’s frequent discussions with Le Colonel Chabert — on his own blog, on the Colonel’s blog, seemingly on any blog where Chabert makes a comment. These protracted exchanges almost invariably turn caustic and end in Chabert’s refusal to continue.

The Initial Conversation, as transferred from the “My Psychology Practice” comments (comment feature now disabled on that page):

  1. parodycenter Says:
    August 18th, 2007 at 10:26 am dear Dr Doyle,I read your advertisement with great interest. I have a big problem which I haven’t been able to share so far, but when I read how open-minded and balanced you seem to be in your approach, I decided to take that crucial step. I hope my confidence will not be gambled with. This is my problem: I can’t seem to stop offending people on the internet. I enjoy hurting the sensibilities of social scientists, theologists, artists, doctor Doyle, just about ANYONE on the internet. I am so completely obsessed with this shameful activity, all my other social contacts are lacking or broken. Can you help me?Sincerely,Dejan
  2. ktismatics Says:
    August 18th, 2007 at 11:31 am Aren’t you ashamed? You’re hurting others’ feelings, yet you don’t seem to care. All you care about is your precious hit rate (as if through these campy, kitschy and vulgar antics you deserve more hits than I do — I, who write serious prose about deep subjects and engage in highfalutin’ psychotheophilosophical dialogue). I think you actually ENJOY torturing the poor unwitting souls who wander into your blog space. Not only that, you seek out other bloggers on their own territory, subjecting them to your vile and frankly perverse attentions. Wait ’til I tell your parents about this.
  3. ktismatics Says:
    August 18th, 2007 at 10:11 pm On the other hand, I do find myself moved to sorrow by your self-destructive encounters with Chabert. That you repeatedly woo her only to revile and repel her does bespeak a compulsion that might need to disguise itself as parody in order to preserve at least some dignity. If one were to regard this as an authentic pattern of approach-avoidance behavior, what might the analyst infer? Would the analyst recognize the temptation to protect himself counter-transferentially against becoming the object of this sort of compulsive seduction-and-abuse cycle? Does a sense of unworthiness oscillate with superiority, tormenting this person’s sensibilities and relationships, a sensitivity that must protect itself in callow crudity in order not to be annihilated in unrequited love? Which reality is the more true, and can it be relied upon? Or is a polyvalent portal holding this person in thrall to the sort of destructive cycle that characterizes practically everyone’s engagements with those to whom Fate destines them to be attracted?
  4. parodycenter Says:
    August 19th, 2007 at 3:38 am Doctor Doyle, yes I think I am fatally enthralled by the cobra’s malevolent charms, it might have something to do with the fact that I think whatever content she produces, and I am truly not impressed by her content, she’s not afraid to speak her mind, and I admire that a lot in wimmin; she makes the drollest things sound fantastic; on the other hand, due to some Oedipal dynamic I am surely dragging from my family I am repelled by wimmin with balls, and so some anal ambivalence resurfaces from all this. Strangely I think Arpege has some similar mental pattern (but then the other way round) and also reacts ambivalently to my own malevolent charms. This endless bitch-slave-master-bitch game belongs to the gay subgenre, which attracts Jonquille and this is how we always end up in a trio. But what I am learning and is surely an observation you can spend the next week spinning philosophies out of, is that this strange new interactive medium allows one to vent out these conflicts in a relatively safe way, which I find wonderful.

So, let’s get started with the analysis, shall we? I’ll pose a few preliminary observations based on the analysand’s original description of his problem, then wait for him to respond. If anyone else would like to interject as we proceed, please feel free to do so.

* * * *

Hello Dejan, please sit down. Is it alright if I call you Dejan? Comfortable?

On the page describing My Psychology Practice I listed an email address for curious parties to contact me. Yet you posed your problem as a comment on the blog, thus exposing your problem to public scrutiny…

On your comment you logged in as Parodycenter, your blogging persona with a link to your blog, yet you signed the comment personally as Dejan…

In your comment you refer to me as Doctor Doyle…

You say you “can’t stop” offending people, and then in the next sentence you say you “enjoy” it…

You say you enjoy hurting the sensibilities of “just about ANYONE” on the internet, yet I’m the only one you mention by name…

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  1. On your comment you logged in as Parodycenter, your blogging persona with a link to your blog, yet you signed the comment personally as Dejan…

    That could be because I have been so involved in parody that I am not sure anymore whether I´m me, or a parody of myself. But my name is Dejan, so maybe best if we use that.

    You say you “can’t stop” offending people, and then in the next sentence you say you “enjoy” it…

    I get a kind of a high from it which is simultaneously exhilarating and painful. I´m not sure exactly how to describe it. I tried masturbating once during one of the especially naughty exchanges, but then the image of a headless Colonel Chabert wielding a sword above my penis came into my head and I couldn´t do it anymore.

    You say you enjoy hurting the sensibilities of “just about ANYONE” on the internet, yet I’m the only one you mention by name…

    I´m sorry Dr. Doyle, but I never had the desire to parody you. I don´t know where you got that from. Your blog has a calming effect on my nerves and I feel nurtured in your presence. I almost see you as my caring American father. It is true I have hurt many people, Dr. Jodianne Fossey (Jodi Dean) of I CITE, Daniel Miller of ANTIGRAM, Anthonia Paul Smith of AN UND FUR SICH, dr. Sinthome, who refused to develop a countertransferrential relationship with me, and I sometimes even stabbed my favorite blogger Kpunk because he sometimes extols the virtues of Dr. Zizek.

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    Comment by parodycenter — 20 August 2007 @ 3:15 am

  2. I see. Hmmm.

    And it’s this indescribable juxtaposition of exhilaration and pain that you find pleasurable?

    Let’s talk more about this masturbatory image, shall we? The headless figure — can you describe it in greater detail? Would you say it was a voluptuous torso? Was it clothed or naked? Would you say that it was an aroused torso? Did the headlessness arouse you? Do you imagine that you removed the head with your own sword? Did this imagined act of decapitation arouse you?

    “but then the image of a headless Colonel Chabert wielding a sword above my penis came into my head and I couldn´t do it anymore.”

    So, is it possible that this sword was attached to your penis by the hilt? That “Chabert wielding the sword” means that she was masturbating you? That perhaps by masturbating you she decapitated herself with your dangerous penis? And “my penis came into my head” — do you often have the sensation of your penis coming into your head?

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    Comment by ktismatics — 20 August 2007 @ 7:02 am

  3. Let’s talk more about this masturbatory image, shall we? The headless figure — can you describe it in greater detail? Would you say it was a voluptuous torso? Was it clothed or naked? Would you say that it was an aroused torso? Did the headlessness arouse you? Do you imagine that you removed the head with your own sword? Did this imagined act of decapitation arouse you?

    It was packed tightly in an 18-century corsette so that her breasts were pressed and looking especially voluptous, pointing upwards. I imagined sinking my nose in the crack between the breasts, like that boy in Fellini’s AMARCORD. So I embraced her and went for the crack. But then I looked up and I saw that there was no head. That thought disturbed me, must be some castrational anxiety, right doctor? Or am I intellectualizing? Her body was harder, and more muscular, than mine. When she told me I was a whiny white burgeois wimp, it felt like she was more man than I. That filled me with jealousy and rage, and I had the desire to punish her, deny her jouissance.I told her, and now I am NOT going to fuck you, even though you’re clearly gagging for it, I know how olive-skinned Greek types turn you on.She gave me that feminist shit, playing all indignated and insulted: ”This is my last comment here, Dejan” she said. How she enjoyed that position of power, watching me crawl and beg for attention, make a fool of myself. She even invited that arrogant Trotskyist Lenin to humiliate me, the whore. Do you know Catherine Deneveuve in ”The Hunger”? Chabert is like that: she injects her lover with venom that will keep him young for a while – but only for a while – and then suddenly decay starts, accelerated aging, and then she dumps you – she puts you in a coffin, buried alive, so that you can admire her impotently, from a distance, forever.

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    Comment by parodycenter — 20 August 2007 @ 11:41 am

  4. “like that boy in Fellini’s AMARCORD” As I recall, this was a pre-teenaged boy’s encounter with a low-rent, rather slovenly whore. And this boy was autobiographical, the childhood self of the world-famous Mediterranean film director? And you, like the boy, went for the breasts rather than the vagina…

    “must be some castrational anxiety, right doctor?” Do YOU think it was a castrational anxiety, Dejan?

    “it felt like she was more man than I. That filled me with jealousy and rage, and I had the desire to punish her” …and so you cut her head off, yes? And yet, even without the head, the body remains harder, more muscular, manlier…except for the voluptuous, upturned, erect breasts…

    “and now I am NOT going to fuck you, even though you’re clearly gagging for it” Gagging for it is an oral reflex, yes? And yet the head has been cut off, yes? Perhaps what comes from the mouth of Chabert is what attracts your desire, but you fear this attraction and so desire to cut off the head and silence the mouth? “This is my last comment here, Dejan” — here is the silencing of the mouth, the end of “gagging for it,” the decapitation, the castration…

    “How she enjoyed that position of power, watching me crawl and beg for attention, make a fool of myself.” And yet this position of power is attained precisely by her own silence, her own decapitation. And again, who wielded the sword that bestowed upon her this manly position of power?

    “she puts you in a coffin, buried alive, so that you can admire her impotently, from a distance, forever.” So, she is the headless one, but you are dead, because she has killed you. But you are undead, of course, buried alive. And she is doing this to you while she herself is undead, attracting your impotent admiration. You are together in the coffin, yes?

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    Comment by ktismatics — 20 August 2007 @ 12:51 pm

  5. Well, it appears that our client is not going to keep any more of his appointments. That means it’s time for the POST MORTEM.

    Do I feel like I helped the analysand with his problem? No, I do not. Was I on the mark in my observations and interpretations? Based on the first couple rounds I would say yes — my remarks seemed to trigger the analysand’s further self-exploration. Was I too aggressive, moving too quickly? Perhaps, although the analysand is well experienced in psychoanalytic process and uses the terminology frequently in his own conversation. So I’d say no, not too fast. Too slow then, too obvious? Again, I don’t think so: the analysand seemed poised to pursue a particular trajectory, and I think my comments opened up the possibility of other as-yet-unexplored territories. Too definitive in my interpretations? Perhaps. I think I’d have been more ambiguous and enigmatic in a personal session, where the back-and-forth exchanges move more quickly. On the other hand, I know that the analysand has engaged in very quick commentary exchanges on other blog posts, especially when Colonel Chabert is a participant in the conversation.

    This last observation suggests that the client’s desire did not transfer itself from the area in which the problem manifests itself onto the analysis. The client never engaged intensively enough for the process to begin properly, let alone to make progress toward new insights. In short, the client may not be ready to explore more intensively the workings of his destructive desire.

    So now we return to the initial plea for help: was it authentic or not? In my first comment to the analysand I observed that, while he was offered the opportunity to correspond privately, via email, about his problem, he chose to post his problem publicly, with a link to his own blog. I suggest that perhaps it was this narcissistic desire to draw attention to himself and his blog that motivated the public statement of his problem. In fact, this exhibitionistic gesture might well be regarded as a manifestation of the very problem the analysand regards as his main problem; namely, the uncontrollable desire to exploit other bloggers for his own personal pleasure. The pleasure of drawing attention to himself, even when that attention is negatively valenced, continues to override the pain he inflicts on others and the subsequent rejection he experiences.

    In a word, I think Dejan was using me. He put a linked comment on my Description of Services — a page that will always be visible to readers at the top of the blog — in order to draw traffic to his site and attention to himself.

    This sort of behavior cannot go unpunished. Therefore I am going to DELETE Dejan’s comments from my Description of Services page, and shift them to the top of this post. Further, I am going to DISABLE comments on that page, in order to keep the readers attention where it belongs, namely on ME.

    I would welcome any further commentary about this apparently failed experiment in bloganalysis.

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    Comment by ktismatics — 20 August 2007 @ 8:16 pm

  6. Readers, what you don’t know is what happened offline – how this perverted paedopilic creep psychiatrist tried to seduce me and rape me, under the guise of fatherly protection and promising that would heal my Oedipal scars. I think his license should be revoked before he commits any further damage. I’m lucky my ass was not violated in these sordid proceedings!!!

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    Comment by parodycenter — 21 August 2007 @ 3:16 am

  7. It’s sad really. In a way I feel sorry for the poor fellow. In so forcefully resisting my earnest efforts to rub my healing salve into his open wounds, the analysand lays bare his deep masochism. But that he would lash out with such violence against the one who offers him release — well, it hurts me. But hey, I guess that’s why I got into this crazy business. And there’s always hope, hope that the next person who comes in through that door will be ready and willing to receive what I so much want to give…

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    Comment by ktismatics — 21 August 2007 @ 7:16 am

  8. Tsk, tsk, tsk…

    You give a couple of fellows computers and a forum and THIS is what they come up with…uh, uh, uh…

    And what hopes do I have for the practice given this episode? I guess I’ll have to stay tuned and see what happens next…

    Meilleurs voeux!!–really, truly

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    Comment by blueVicar — 21 August 2007 @ 12:52 pm

  9. That was entertaining.

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    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 21 August 2007 @ 2:54 pm

  10. Hesiak I still have to come back to your theology comments / didn´t have enough time this week, but I will, so stay tuned / same goes for the Russian ark thing

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    Comment by parodycenter — 21 August 2007 @ 6:48 pm

  11. Well, I’m going to have a go at it.
    Parodycenter, you seem someone who likes to put up a fight. You developped a method that is bound to be succesful in a society that has rules for what is considered decent.
    You make me think of my brother, extremely intelligent and difficult to socially correct your thinking.

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    Comment by Odile — 22 August 2007 @ 2:57 am

  12. Odile – you said “socially correct your thinking.” Watch out! The PoMos are coming to get you :) Lol.

    Dejan – sweet. Gotcha.

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    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 22 August 2007 @ 10:59 am

  13. Also Odile, Parodycenter lives in the Netherlands. He does animation for a television program there called Colin — here’s a link. It’s about a gay guinea pig. Though I don’t understand Dutch, I have a feeling this cartoon is not socially correct either.

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    Comment by ktismatics — 22 August 2007 @ 11:09 am

  14. :( my window player doesn’t work. But the story written is about a subject that is considered socially acceptable here.
    That’s a dull answer, isn’t it?
    but I’m happy with it.

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    Comment by Odile — 23 August 2007 @ 1:17 pm


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