I went to a good psychologist, who helped me to get
relief from an obsession with a girl named Joyce.
I enjoyed my sessions with him.
Thay felt pleasant. His ministrations soothed my mind....
High Seas wrote:
At last, a positive statement stating the problem and that it was solved. But HOW was it solved?
Can you outline the process leading to the solution? Was it a permanent, definitive, clear-cut solution?
Its been quite a few years, but I remember some of it. I had felt for years that I had unfinished business with Joyce,
until we resolved everything (and I got rejected). The predominantly important consideration was that it was a clean break with no further unfinished business. To that, his talent was added. He approved of giving attention to the faults
of the object of obsession (e.g., smoking). Music that was reminiscent of her, in its beauty, shoud be mentally dissociated from her. I shoud not think of her, unless to remember any unpleasantnesses of the association. Of course, distractions
can be helpful.
High Seas wrote:
Or was the original problem (obsession with lady named Joyce) replaced by a different problem - say
(hypothetically, of course) obsession with a different object?
No, nobody suggested the 2nd Amendment
No; I remember giving my attention to guns since before my 3rd birthday.
I had no functional firearms before I reached the age of 8.
I used to lie in bed thinking about them.
My obsession with the 2nd Amendment began years before I met Joyce,
when I found it (the whole Constitution) in the back of a history book, when I was 9.
In a few hours, I 'm leaving on a jet plane,
don 't know when I 'll be back again,
to go study it in a San Francisco symposium.
I did not actually need the 2nd Amendment when I was 9,
because guns were very much in abundance in the environment;
no interference, but I remembered a different
situation earlier in NY.