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. My husband yells at me all the time. He says I spend too much money, and that I live in a fantasy world."
"I can help you," says the psychiatrist, "but before we start, I must tell you it will cost $190 an hour."
The woman thinks for a moment and then takes out her cell phone. She dials a number and, instantly, the telephone on the psychiatrist's desk begins to ring.
The psychiatrist looks puzzled, but the woman motions for him to pick up the phone.
"Hello?" he says.
"Now we don't have to worry, doctor. My phone plan has unlimited minutes."
"It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct, how much it presupposes precisely the non-satisfaction of powerful instincts. This 'cultural frustration' dominates the large fields of social relationships between human beings."
— Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
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