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Operators and Things: The Inner Life of a Schizophrenic

Operators and Things:

The Inner Life of a Schizophrenic

Barbara O’Brien

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 1958 Barbara O’Brien


Introduction, by Michael Maccoby

Prefatory Note, by L. J. Reyna

Schizophrenia: The Demon in Control


The Operators Leave

Before the Operators Came


The Operators


The Dry Beach and the Waves

The Subterranean Craftsman


Something Extends

My Unconscious Friend

The Freudian

Sparring Partners

The Pictures


The Reasoning Machine

The Textbooks

The Bronco

The Psychiatrists and the Schizophrenics

The Guidance and the Planning

Hook Operating

The Doctors

That Something

Private Univac

Mutating Man

Hinton: Departmentalized Man

Memo on Mental Institutions

The Knife and the Hatchet



“Everything about this psychology is, in the deepest sense, experience;” C.G. Jung has written, “the entire theory, even when it puts on its most abstract airs, is the direct outcome of something experienced.” Jung also writes “To experience a dream and its interpretation is very different from having a tepid rehash set before you on paper.” [C.G. Jung, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology, New York: Meridian, 1956. Page 127. The essay, “General Remarks on the Therapeutic Approach to the Unconscious,” of which this quotation is a part, is particularly relevant to Barbara’s account of her hallucinations. Jung, much more so than Freud, is aware of the healing and creative as well as the destructive elements in the unconscious.]

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