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Freud used Civilization and Its Discontents to signpost a method for pursuing intensely focused inquiry into the individual psyche, that is exploratory psychological analysis, while remaining mindful of the prevailing social and civil context of human nature. It was a premise for a type of “clinical sociology”, for want of a better term, where the alleviation of compulsive appetites could make the world a better place. At its most ambitious, the revolutionary significance of community sobriety should not be understated and as Freud mused, what if the large quotas of energy wasted on drug use were to be re-channelled?

The police were eventually called after Martin threatened a passer-by outside his house with a knife. The long-term psychological effect of his enduring hallucinatory experience was manifest in severe psychological, social, and physical consequences. He became unemployable and his intimate relationships collapsed. As a result of injecting with dirty needles he developed bacterial endocarditis which was treated with an aortic valve replacement. He successfully completed the initial stages of an inpatient detoxification, but he died a short while later as a result of complications from his valve replacement.

Doris had great difficulty throwing anything away. The refuse bin was a source of much of her anxiety. She said she had a recurring vision that a sharp tin would cut the “bin man”. It was very difficult to get her to think about where this lacerating thought might come from. She spoke of the thought as if it were not her own. During the course of her therapy it became apparent that this rather damaging vision masked other ideas that she harboured about doing damage to other people. She would close her eyes when talking about F I X I N G T H E P I L L M E N TA L I T Y 13 her feeling and imaginings, as if somehow this would “make them go away”, so she said.

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