May 132013
The Meaning of MacGuffin

Meaning is derived from experience. In our first encounter with something new, we don't know what to expect. What does it mean? We may be able to derive the meaning from context. Familiar things around the unfamiliar, help to define it. We make connections in our minds when we learn how the new, relates to…

Jun 082012
Rituals, OCD and Psychopathy

Rene Girard's book, Violence & the Sacred, describes rituals in primitive cultures that are eerily reminiscent of an experience with a psychopath. The cycles of "idealize, devalue and discard" familiar to those who have been in relationships with Cluster B personalities, are described in the sacrificial rituals of primitive tribes. In these rituals, sacrificial victims…

Mar 312012
What Is A Psychopath?

The question "what is a psychopath?" has so many answers that it remains undefined. The terms psychopath, sociopath and malignant narcissist are used interchangeably in today's popular culture. Even among professionals in the field of psychology, there is no one term that has been standardized and used by everyone to describe pathological narcissism.  I've chosen…

Mar 312012
Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory & The Scapegoat

Rene Girard, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, began developing his theories over 40 years ago, while researching the great stories in literature.  He wanted to know what made these stories great and he discovered that they had some similarities.  He further began to research the rituals and  mythologies of primitive people.  He noted the same…

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