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by Ramsey Dukes

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It is odd to review a book that tells me "If you enjoyed this book, keep it secret and deny any knowledge of it." ((235)) In this book Uncle Ramsey sets forth to help the reader cope with problems in everyday life, by understanding and interacting with the demons that lurk beneath and inside all forms of reality. Demons are living in our cars and photocopiers, friends and lovers, and perhaps most importantly inside of our self. Perhaps the most frustrating or brilliant move (or both) that Uncle Ramsey made in this book was not dealing with the nature of the demon, are the real in some animistic sense, are they external projections from a troubled mind, are they purely mental constructs never extending past the confines of our skull, are they collective energies built by a hundred united thoughts, or all they all of these, or something else.

Whatever the answer, if there is one, is deemed less important in this book, as getting results, which while frustrating to me, is admirable. Another part I felt was lacking more information on how to deal with the demons. It is advocated that we converse with these demons, treating them calmly and with respect unless forced otherwise, and through these conversations we will learn to work with them. Though no instructions on how to converse, or other ways to deal with them are covered. The point is made that any formula given to deal with demons would be ineffective as they read the book with you and will be aware of these tricks ((47)), which I cannot disagree with, but even a few examples to get the mental ball rolling I felt would have been helpful, and only one real example of someone working with their demon and that experience was given. The book also explored a theory I’m fond of, that demons are actually manifestations of both sides of a spectrum, but we only see one side, or horn at any given time, so that confidence and uncertainty, victim and bully, are the same experience, and learning to deal with one helps you deal with the other.

Demons are found and explored everywhere, every reaction we have, every interaction, every problem, be is small or systemic, therein lies a demon. I somewhat like the world that Dukes paints for us, and how a greater degree of connection and communication with the world around us leads to a more fulfilled sense of living. I don't think I could review this book, without mentioning that Uncle Ramsey's quirky and mildly angry sense of humour is one of the most refreshing I've read in a book on magick, and is definitely a part of why I enjoyed this book so much. ( )
  BlueFlameMagick | Jul 8, 2009 |
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This book brings together the closely observed development of Simone (from birth to three) and the perceptive comments of Martha (or Mattie) Harris, who was such an influential figure in the development of the Observational Studies Course at the Tavistock. Romana Negri's pioneering work on neonatal intensive care units is informed both by infant observation and by psychoanalysis. She presents in this volume the transcribed tapes of her detailed observation of a normally developing infant, whom Martha Harris supervised for three years. Other chapters present observations of children in hospital that formed part of their diagnostic assessment, and the book includes commentaries by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris together. This book will be of outstanding interest to all readers whether parents, teachers, or mental health professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the roots of mental life.… (more)

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