Skip to main content

View Diary: Dinesh D'Souza Psychoanalyzes The Left; Says Obama And Entire Movement Motivated By Envy (36 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Some people see themselves reflected in other (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    librarisingnsf, Silencio

    people and, like Narcissus looking in the lake, cannot recognize themselves.

    Not wanting others to have what one doesn't want for oneself seems peculiar, but seems to be very common.

    My mother used to express great dislike of people with much more body mass than she had herself. I never understood her objection, but there it was.
    The attitude also manifests as childless people thinking other people shouldn't have them either.

    Perhaps the impulse towards deprivation is a perversion of the impulse to acquire.

    Not wanting is, like failure, more certain in its results. So, it appeals to the conservative impulse towards security. If one doesn't get what one doesn't want, nothing is lost. It is a pure emotion in the sense that there is no effect on the self. The self remains undisturbed. Not wanting is, I would argue, one of the characteristics of the self-centered.
    Sometimes, when push comes to shove, they'll pretend that what they don't want is to benefit someone else. But, that's a rationalization after the fact.
    In general, these people seem flustered by the question "why?" They know it is a formulation looking for a response, but because they don't know why, the response is often senseless and irrelevant to cause and effect.

    An example might be asking a person why he went to the CVS and the person answering "because they had a sale." No doubt he noticed the store was having a special sale after he got there and couldn't have been the cause, but time doesn't seem to figure into some people's thinking. They probably don't know what's wrong with putting the cart before the horse or, for that matter, the preemptive invasion of another nation.
    Time is of the essence, but some people have no sense of time. How do they function? By responding to prompts in their environment, sort of like a lighbulb responds to the flipping of the switch. Like a lightbulb, such people have only two options: on or off. Off is the more certain and persistent. "Just say no" is a prescription for living.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (126)
  • Community (58)
  • 2016 (50)
  • Environment (38)
  • Elections (36)
  • Media (34)
  • Republicans (32)
  • Hillary Clinton (30)
  • Law (29)
  • Jeb Bush (28)
  • Culture (27)
  • Barack Obama (26)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (25)
  • Iraq (25)
  • Civil Rights (24)
  • Climate Change (23)
  • Labor (19)
  • Economy (19)
  • LGBT (16)
  • Health Care (15)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site