Thursday, December 15, 2022

Call Forwarding

"Modern Love" (Francis Levy and Joseph Silver)

People often take the disappointment they feel in life out on each other. Instead of facing their own failings, they hate in the other the shortcomings they fail to recognize in themselves. One classic psychodynamic way of getting out of depression is anger. If you’ve ever known a chronic fighting couple, you begin to realize, they're often suffering from flareups of their own self-hatred. It’s the classic caricature of the person trying to fight their way out of a paper bag. In the annals of The New Yorker, there are undoubtedly cartoons based upon this perverse form of projection which is a little like call forwarding. In its most extreme form, of course, it leads to separation or divorce with a similar dynamic occurring all over again when the unhappy person tries to find a way to avoid pointing the finger at themselves.

read "An Incident of Defenestration" by Francis Levy, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

and listen "Want Ads" by Honey Cone

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