Re: virus: Top 10 Ideas for Viable Fiction: adapted from Karl

Dave Pape (
Thu, 16 Jan 1997 13:35:47 GMT

At 23:08 15/01/97 -0600, you wrote:
>Here they are [rephrased slightly from section: Persistent Fantasies of the
>Unconscious, "The Mind", by Karl Menninger, published 1925]
>[In extreme form, of course]
>1) Jehovah complex: "I am God!"
>2) Jesus complex: "I'm here to save the world, and I'm going to hurt *bad*."
> [relative emphases may vary]
>3) Sacred vs. profane love, and the 2 kinds of women
>4) Extraordinary birth, complete with royal/elite lineage
>5) Patricide/Matricide/Fratricide
>6) Guilt complex, with propriation required--or else
>7) Sadism/masochism
>8) Contamination by X
>9) The Artifact--the key to ruling one's world, if not the world
> [cf. "When I Become an Evil Overlord", courtesy of Drakir]
> a) I need it
> b) I have it, but could lose it
>10) Rebirth or Reincarnation
>I believe both Steve Atkins and David Pape explicitly asked about these.

Thanks! Who fancies working out the evolutionary advantage in brains that
think in these ways (though, probably to a muted degree)?

Dave Pape
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