Friday, November 4
Friday, November 04, 2005
We all have an internal narrative in which we convince ourselves we are wise, likeable, funny, powerful, whatever. Seeing ourselves through the eyes
of less friendly observers can be a jarring experience. Gregory Bateson noted that
schizophrenics tend to act as if they expect their communication to be misread. That would make it pretty difficult to form a stable social self. Perhaps religious
crusades and fascism are also allergic reactions to the "cold observer". An attempt to preserve the friendly container in which one's preferred self is reinforced by the gaze of others.