Tuesday, May 09, 2006

We live in violent times

In the wake of the frenzy over the Zuma trial and verdict I thought I'd steer clear of any comment on that issue and rather offer up a more interesting piece of general knowledge.

I recently finished reading Catch Me a Killer by Micki Pistorius. She worked as a profiler for the South African Police service from 1994-2000. The book is well written and very interesting. Apparently South Africa has the second highest number of serial killers in the world after America. Now that's something worth thinking about. She also offers a slightly simplified (but not dumbed down) description at the end of the book on the development of a serial killer from a psychoanalytical point of view (Freudian school of thinking). It may be because I'm studying personality theory at the moment, but I also thought that that was well worth a read for any interested party.

Talking about Freud. I am just finishing off reading through his work on personality and about to start the study guide work. He does seem to base a hell of a lot on repressed sexual urges. My textbook is well written though and they do give a background to each therapist and theory. In Freud's case they ask you to bear in mind that he lived and worked during the Victorian era when a woman was covered from head to toe and sex was not spoken about in polite company. Woman were not expected to have any sexual satisfaction or enjoyment and knew very little or nothing about sex when they got married. So in that respect his view points do make more sense. The writers of the textbook also go on to point out that most other personality theories developed from Freud's work, so even though some of his ideas are not as applicable now as they once were, it is important to understand his work. It's really interesting, but don't let me bore you any more.

Last post's trivia answer

Well done to zenstar for getting it in first (even though you had to Google for it).

Trivia question
American Pie by Don McLean was inspired by the deaths of who in 1959 ?


Blogger schpat said...

Ritchie Valens (Donna), Buddy Holly (Peggy Sue) and the ever cool Jiles Perry Richardson, the Big Bopper (Chantilly Lace).

I didn't google it either, I just know this shit!

woot, go me. Vote on my blog contest why don't ya?

10:14 AM  
Blogger moonflake said...

if memory serves, it was buddy holly, richie valens and i don't remember who else. American Pie was the name of the plane.

And i didn't google it either. Or look at schpat's answer (it hadn't appeared yet when i clicked Comments). Damn, you beat me by a small margin, schpat.

10:22 AM  
Blogger zenstar said...

some musicians... erm...
i'd have to google the answer but i see people have already beat me to it :)

11:06 AM  
Blogger schpat said...

actually I put in the answer at like 8:47 but failed the word verification and only noticed at 10:14

3:00 PM  
Anonymous nighthawk said...

previous answers are correct, although the Stones concert at Altamont has also been posited as the 'day the music died' making Meredith Hunter, the guy stabbed by a member of the Hell's Angels, the arcane answer. By the way, I found this blog googling Micki Pistorius - how's that for stream of consciousness

8:14 AM  

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