DEPRESSION

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As a concept political depression has produced so much pleasure in recognition.
can be a position, capable of shifts, as opposed to a static "state" or trapped, enclosed space, as Melanie Klein (via Eve Sedgwick) remind(s) us
_All of this_definitional activity emerged from our thinking about political depression. The whole rhetoric of self-cultivation, self-culture, self-help casts human activity in a deliberate mode of self-improvement, adjustment and adaptation to the world that is. Depression is an IMPASSE.

What's the relation of the clinical to the political? The structure and the feeling? What does a feeling of powerlessness and detachment have to do with anything, can the affects register impossibility in the world they express as detachment, rejection, numbness, misery in a way so saturating it shapes every experience? How can we think the impersonality of structural impossibility to its receipt in the subject's nervous system? Isn't the nervous system hypervigilant about the environment of living as such, folding in the late bus, the unloving intimate, and political irrevelance into a monstrous bolus?

That led to thinking about inactivity, delay, interference, being BESIDE THE POINT, the FEAR of getting STUCK (one way that depression is often understood and EXPERIENCEd, hence the importance of
distinguishing between depression and the depressive position).
"The Benefits of Depression (Pierre Fédida)

Feeltank turns depression into a mobilized response to an unreciprocal world. In the world that wears out its people, depression is an appropriate response, and CLICHE is the hand grabbing onto the branch that helps one not fall off of the cliff.
can be a position, capable of shifts, as opposed to a static "state" or trapped, enclosed space, as Melanie Klein (via Eve Sedgwick) remind(s) us
All of this emerged from our thinking about the relation of what the standard qualities of depression are usually said to be to what we might say about the activity of political depression. That led to thinking about inactivity, delay, interference, being beside the point, etc.
the fear of getting stuck (one way that depression
is often understood and experienced, hence the importance of
distinguishing between depression and the depressive position).
"The Benefits of Depression (Pierre Fédida)

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See MAY DAY

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