Tag: Alltag

Paranoia des Alltags: Enten beim Überqueren eines Highways

Je alltäglicher unsere Erlebnisse sind, desto wohler fühlen wir uns; sie sind leichter zu klassifizieren und damit zu bekannten Tatsachen zu deklarieren. Alles was außerhalb der alltäglichen Erfahrung liegt, erzeugt Angst und wird als „abwegig“, „zufällig“, „übernatürlich“, verrückt bezeichnet, damit wir nicht zugeben müssen, dass wir es ganz einfach nicht verstehen.

Watzlawick Paul und John H. Weakland: Interaktion. München 1990 (1977), S. 229.


The normality of paranoiac observation 1

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Paranoiac observations are an everyday occurrence, which have nothing to do with any of these pathological phenomena of perception. The other way around seems the pathologizing of paranoiac observation to result from the fact that  – under conditions of observation that requires a general sanction of a critical discipline – those people are striking that develop a higher sensory perception and, consequently, can provide a heightened awareness of control but without the result, that the possible combinations for communication prove a consistence of sense, because the critical discipline requires expansion and differentiation of perception by self-restraint. The imperative of critical discipline would be: Do not believe everything you perceive but only what is by delay still recognizable and capable to combine with other exercise levels, which were determined in the same manner. The delay time of paranoiacs should be much shorter and the combination process works much faster. Paranoiacs have an increased ability to fascination. This is no handicap, it is a talent.
And if this ability is striking communication because an entire population is alphabetized, mobile and may make use of free speech, it can happen very fast, that under these conditions a pathologizing is operated, because most people can’t handle with it. Self-disability of perception has mostly larger cache priority.

Paranoia is a phenomenon of social observation that is not causally attributable to the skills of individuals. The critical discipline of the transcendental subject, however, requires knowledge of the opposite. Therefore, the pathologizing of paranoia is necessary. An observer feels threatened because he has its own ability to paranoid observation but is busy to marginalize although it is indispensable.Without this ability creative solutions could be hardly possible. That seems to be one reason for everyday pathological complications. On the one hand, the communication is constantly producing sense conflicts due to the disciplinary actions with which all are concernd, but this sense conflicts can not be solved then in accordance with the same discpline because the critical discipline demands harassment, it requires overcoming obstacles. And if this is successful, then further obstacles muss follow. As a result excessive demands must be expected which then discharges mostly in claims against others. And if the others do as well, because they are just overwhelmed in the same way, the troubles are rising.
My experience is that in everyday life unexpected and surprsing solutions for sense conflict are hard to find. The rule is frustration, and that is still relatively the best; the best when the escalation of conflicts can be avoided.
A literary example of finding solutions by the observation of a paranoiac perception is the fictional character Sherlock Holmes, which was often a higher sensibility attested because he seemed to have a clairvoyance. No one else could follow his speed of combining observable differences. Thus, one could consider Sherlock Holmes as a“Sur-rationalist“, as one who sees everything, a superman.
It is not a coincidence that these stories by Arthur Conan Doyle came at the same time outstanding as the „dreamreading“ by Sigmund Freud, by the turn of the century, because these writings were a reflection of the daily practiced use of mass media, a reflection of printed and moving images that were accessible and a reflection of modern urbanity with an increasingly confused appearing by electrification, color advertising images and accelerated mobility.

The fact that paranoid observation for almost all people are quite commonplace, can be proved by reporting on the own perception of which one can know that everybody can identify, without that this person who tells such a paranoid perception, must know each person that could confirm that. How do you know that this is common for almost everyone? The reason is the careful use of mass media, which allows the knowledge that what you see or hear there will also be seen and heard by others. By mass media, by reporting on everything, by telling stories and showing movies is always explicitly or implicitly paranoid perception communicated, that one can comprehend, because all this stuff is already known.

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