HS Sullivan’s Definition of schizophrenia –
Even a skilled psychiatrist will find it rich in complexity
Therefore, in addition to the Sullivanian definition above, I am constructing a segment-by-segment “breakdown” of the above definition – to make it more understandable – using real-time reality-show video of Britney Spears demonstrating these very behaviors (elucidated so well by Sullivan).
HSS Definition of Schizophrenia w/Britney Pt1
In these segments within “The Expanded Definition” the ‘reality show’ Chaotic will be a wellspring of information for those well suited to gain Sullivanian insight. Remember what Doctor Sullivan had to say regarding those doctors who came to see him:
"There come to me physicians seeking insight into the problems of the mind. They come to me as well trained physicians and therefore with an acquired inability to understand anything I say to them. I don't believe that if they stayed with me from now until Gabriel blows his hornpipes that they will acquire much notion of what I am talking about - or privately give a damn. They are already educated, they have a degree of Doctor of Medicine, and they have a whole system of ideas that takes its origins from certain misunderstandings about physical chemistry -- on things which they probably don't realize are physico-chemical subjects -- and they are pretty well organized."
The sufferer, Britney Spears, starts off her walk into submission/humiliation by utilizing an attitude of helplessness (within a ‘Spurious Personality’) which she “selectively in-attends to.” This is accomplished by utilizing Sullivan’s “substitute processes” within her personality; ushering in a “blocking” of the personality and consequently into a submergence of consciousness known as a “Fugue state.”
This work – using the sufferer’s own reality show video – takes Britney Spears from relatively well-adjusted into a break with reality resulting in her being wheeled into an ER, losing custody of her children to the very man who betrayed and ultimately helped to destroy her. At present Britney Spears is still a ward-of-the-court; albeit making $30,000,000 a year..
The insights of CG Jung, Roy Masters, HS Sullivan, Lidz, and Antoine Boisen will be used to define the behavior we are seeing in “Chaotic” from the point of view of “back to the future.” We have seen Ms. Spears being brought into Cedars Sinai ER strapped to a gurney lost in a psychotic state. Let’s look “backwards” when her personality was being made unstable, captured so uniquely in her reality-show. If Sullivan were alive today, he’d be the first to say “it doesn’t get any better than this.” Britney Spears’ breakdown is the living proof of Sullivanian theory.
In addition, the work of Theodore Lidz, author of “The Origin and Treatment of Schizophrenic Disorders” will be insinuated into Sullivan’s theories in such a way as to exemplify and/or amplify Sullivan’s concept of “vassalizing” and “being taken advantage of” as often a prelude to schizophrenic behavior.
The works of CG Jung and Roy Masters will be offered in support of one overall supposition encompassing all the contributors: It is that the sufferer’s personality has been destroying the sufferer’s character.
This is not a matter of being taken advantage of, for example, in a financial swindle. It is rather the case, for example, of someone saying or doing something that causes the pained to expose a weakness. When that weakness is dissociated, a mental breakdown may ensue.
We see in Lidz’s work his examination of family circumstances in the lives of schizophrenics. In one case a parent’s emotional needs, his or her need to remain stable – rests on the child ‘going along’ with that parent’s twisted view of the world. If communicating with that parent involves a view of the world filled with so many contradictions, the child is trapped in a “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario. He or she may become attached to a lover or spouse whose main goal in life is to obtain interpersonal security by dominating (vassalizing) the ego of another. The child of the aforementioned parent may have been trained in this pattern her whole life, and thinks this interpersonal slavery is “love.”
The renowned, award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates, is expert in demonstrating this phenomenon. (SPOILER ALERT) A child-character is raped in “We Were the Mulvaneys,” and the incident is referred to by the word “it” by the parents, who banish her without any communication explaining why. The question is never raised. In the TV series “Orange is the New Black,” a flashback has the heroine as a little girl observing her father and a strange, heavily made-up woman entering a hotel. Later, the child tells the mother what she saw. The mother responds with patter about dinner and then finds a reason to scold her daughter over schoolwork.
I will reinforce a Sullivanian point of view concerning homoeroticism within the schizophrenic male – the recent politicalization – and misinterpretation of – by the psychiatric community has done those suffering no favors. (see “The Gay Sullivan“)