THE ISLAND SYNDROME
Part 1: Understanding the Island Syndrome
(August 12, 2010)
A woman walks into a psychiatrist's office.
"Doc," she says, "you've got to help me. "
"What's the problem?" says the psychiatrist.
"It's my husband. He won't take a bath unless he has a toy Donald Duck with him. "
The psychiatrist thinks for a moment. "Well, that seems like a harmless pastime. Why don't you just let him take his bath with a toy Donald Duck?"
"But Doc," says the woman, "it's my Donald."
"It is not easy to deal scientifically with feelings."
— Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
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