Further filtering mechanisms:
In an effort to focus my reading a bit I’ve decided to make part of this journal a commonplace book, a personal anthology of quotations from my reading with perhaps some brief reflections on my part. I’m hoping to make this a daily exercise, which may well make it tedious for other people to slog through, so I’m going to make it an opt-in feature for all of you. If you want to read postings like the one below, comment on this and I’ll add you to the list of recipients – if not, do nothing and you won’t be bothered by them.
“…in thinking about phobias it’s worth taking seriously the difference between a phobic situation and a phobic object like an insect. A phobic situation, broadly speaking, one can choose to avoid, but a a phobic object can turn up unexpectedly. One might say, for example, that a person who imagines that his hate could turn up at any moment, like an unwanted guest – who has to live in a state of continual internal vigilance to ensure that he will always be fair – might choose an object rather than a situation. A situation phobia is a controlled temptation. And clearly the availability of, the potential for access to, the phobic object or situation is an essential factor, because it signifies access – and a person’s attitude to this proximity – to otherwise repressed states of mind or versions of oneself.”
Adam Phillips – First Hates in On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored
…and then the phone rings