The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Lobotomy reading

From Psychosurgery and the Self, by Mary Frances Robinson with a chapter by Walter:

"A strange, naive, complacent detachment about the self is one of the most interesting and significant characteristics displayed after psychosurgery...

"Most of us, as observers of our own behavior, occasionally at least, don't like what we see and feel disturbed by it. If we are oversensitive and maladjusted, we are likely to magnify our blunders and to brood over them remorsefully. If we are better adjusted, we are likely to try to make amends to the person we think we have offended; perhaps we apologize, or we try to make light of what we have done, or we try to explain our acts and excuse them to ourselves. In any event, we try not to make those particular mistakes again. The attitude of the postlobotomy patients is rather different from this. They see their faults and weaknesses and vices clearly enough and recognize them for what they are, but far from privately brooding over them, they seem to regard them as interesting topics for comment. They often say, 'That's the way I am.' Petrie cites an especially good instance. Her patient said, 'I know I am moody, but after all, that's me, like the color of my eyes.' They evince no anxiety about criticism and little responsibility for making amends or for reform.

"As was mentioned above, Case 500 asked, 'When will I get over being so slow?' Case 55, gentle and charming in the clinic, said dolefully one day, 'I feel so sorry for my family; I say just dreadful things to them.' 'Why do you say them?' 'Oh, I don't know; I just do.' 'And then do you feel sorry you've said them?' 'No, I am not sorry I said them; I am just sorry they have to put up with me.'

"There is no rationalizing here -- no feeling of a need for rationalizing. Defense and escape mechanisms, as commonly described, are seldom if ever encountered in these people -- not once in our records of 51 patients.
"Case 196 has already been mentioned as having held the same good job for four years since the operation. He was a good-looking man in the middle thirties, with a pleasing manner. In a rambling talk a few days after taking the tests, he revealed a good deal about his attitudes toward his wife. 'I blow up sometimes and make her very unhappy. I'm a lot less considerate than I used to be. When I hurt her, I feel bad for a minute, but I get over it. I am ashamed that I don't feel worse, but I just don't….It's difficult for me to be interested in anything; things don't make much of an impression on me…my wife says I have a cold personality. I sometimes take pleasure in arguing with her, and then I throw salt in the wound. I seem to take some sadistic pleasure in it….When my wife says sharp things to me, I start arguing but my feelings aren't really hurt. Before the operation, an unkind remark would upset me for days...I should make an effort to stop arguing, but I don't.' Though he said he felt ashamed, there was no evidence of it as he spoke. He seemed quite complacent about his behavior, and obviously enjoyed talking about it."

--That's more interesting than "Lobotomy makes you stupid," isn't it?
Tags: books, obsessivo, walter freeman
  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded