Shrink Logic

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“The tears I shed yesterday have become rain.”

–Marlon Brando

A psychiatrist analyzes Billy Martin: He acts out our own anger. The athlete in America is a hero figure because we can sublimate our anger through his action. It wouldn’t be socially acceptable to slug somebody at a bar. It would be socially acceptable conduct to sit in the stands and egg Billy Martin on against an umpire; an authority figure. He fights our battles for us with no loss of status and with no pain. Heavy alcohol use directly affects brain function and alters various brain chemical and hormonal systems known to be involved in the development of many common mental disorders (e.g., mood and anxiety disorders). Thus, it is not surprising that alcoholism can manifest itself in a broad range of psychiatric symptoms and signs. Alcohol abuse can cause signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, psychosis, and antisocial behavior, both during intoxication and during withdrawal. At times, these symptoms and signs cluster, last for weeks, and mimic frank psychiatric disorders  As Freud believed, conflicts are part of the human condition and certain ego functions may become conflicted by aggressive and libidinal impulses, as witnessed by conversion disorders, speech impediments, eating disorders, and attention-deficit disorder.


4 thoughts on “Shrink Logic

  1. steve

    Townes van Zandt once said, alcohol made him psychotic and getting high made him neurotic. I guess that’s why he found codeine.

  2. steve

    the AWA and WWF wrestling were great opportunities to vent and wretch for us fans; against russia and iran and what not; turn the whoel damn political thing into a cartoon as it should be because it’s the people that matter if you ask me.

  3. steve

    but it is acceptable to throw punches at someone through the internet via cyberspace since everyone seems to be doing it. How brave. The real Billy Martin would more likely pick a fight with a stranger…mano a mano.


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