Thursday, 4 November 2010

I think there is something not right about [psychotherapy]. It doesn’t do any good to anyone. I have a metaphor: If you illuminate your house with strong lights to the very last corner, the house becomes uninhabitable. And it’s the same thing if you try to illuminate a human being to the last crevices of his or her soul – these human beings become uninhabitable. I do not want to deal with it. It’s a little bit like – of the same magnitude as – the Spanish Inquisition. The Inquisition didn’t do much good, and it was a similar quest. It was a quest to search and to illuminate the last little corner and crevice of your faith – scrutinizing all the depth of your faith, whether you were within the doctrine of faith or not. It didn’t do much good. So I think psychoanalysis is a mistake of the same magnitude.

Werner Herzog, “Mad Bavarian Duke: Werner Herzog” STOPSMILING Issue 25

One very basic think that you learn as a psychologist is a respect for science, and always testing out what you think is a conclusion. You never come to a conclusion until you have full evidence for it. When you’re making a documentary, it’s important you don’t come to a judgment on people, but you go through an open-minded discovery process. People always say, “Are you objective? Are you subjective?” Those two extremes come together with empathy and love. It’s not cold scientific reporting, but there’s an objectivity there. At the same time you’re dealing with human emotions that require that the camera person have heart-to-heart contact. I believe that’s possible.

Albert Maysles, “Shooting From the Heart: Albert Maysles” STOPSMILING Issue 25


Tuesday, 30 July 2002

i don’t associate myself with my body or my name. my entity is content to define itself merely as psyche. perhaps that is why i only take care of my appearence when society demands i do so. why i shave once a week, instead of not at all. why i have multiple changes of clothing instead of just a few. answering to my name is just pavlovian response, and body language and small talk courtesies merely muscle memory guided by my ego into what i hope is a nonthreatening appearence. it gives me time to think.

i am internal. too much so most likely. but my mind is the only thing that can hold my attention for more than one mom…look at the purty lights!