Further Reflections on Psychotic Knowledge (cont.)
Kelsey, a Jungian analyst, wrote in one of his books that the
difference between a genuine vision and a psychotic hallucination is
that the latter is out of touch with reality. His example of the
latter was that of a man who believed that the FBI had put him under
surveillance. For Kelsey, that belief was delusional, by definition.
I doubt that too many informed people would agree with him these
days. The naïveté of the so-called experts in psychology
is astounding. Is this not itself a form of repression approaching
Harvard psychiatry professor John Mack nearly lost his position
because he took seriously the reports of otherwise ordinary people
that they had been abducted by extraterrestrial beings. By
definition, according to the gatekeepers of the psychotherapy
industry, alien abduction is a psychotic hallucination. Psychologists
can lose their licenses if they take such reports at face value. Not
even Lacanian analysts are willing to entertain any other hypothesis.
But is not such closed-mindedness more psychotic than the abduction
reports? Is not such diagnostic rigidity the equivalent of the
Church’s unwillingness to look through Galileo’s
telescope in the Middle Ages?
famously defined psychosis as foreclosure of the Name of the Father.
But has not society itself foreclosed the Name of the Father—the
reality of the Absolute—as a matter of ideological necessity?
Are we not all (to the extent we are “well-adapted”)
committed to remain cut off from the Self in order to genuflect to
the altar of ego-consciousness? And if some of those who refuse to
swear allegiance to the ego fall into hell realms, others ascend to
divine luminosity. The latter group, the successful mystics, can
offer the only real help to those who have dropped into the abyss of
psychosis. Rather than confine those who suffer in nightmarish mental
institutions, we should be creating joyous spiritual refuges under
the governance of mystics rather than psychiatrists. Our current
approach to treatment is bankrupt. With a few exceptions, such as the
clinic led by Willy Apollon and the Ecole Freudienne du Quebec,
treatments are primarily drug-based and lack sufficient depth of
understanding and willingness on the part of therapists to enter into
the world of the psychotic. There have been great pioneers in this
realm, of course, including Jung, Klein, and more recently Harold
Searles, Wilfred Bion, Donald Winnicott, and others. But the field of
depth psychology has been under attack and losing ground for years to
the minions of pharmacological repression.