Emotions and The Neurosurgeon
Emotions and alcohol drive this novel
Emotions: read The Neurosurgeon and discover the gripping truth.
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Emotions & Psychological Novels: Further Discussion
Emotions: into the mind of the protagonist
Emotions and The Neurosurgeon. It is impossible to go into the mind of another person, regardless of how well you know him or her. This is the case even if one is a psychologist or psychiatrist treating that individual. The therapist looks for clues. But these clues may lead one down the wrong pathway as metaphors are misinterpreted. Yes, the patient might be helped. Yet it is the patient helping one’s self under therapeutic guidance by connecting the synaptic dots.
Emotions and brain plasticity. The brain will alter itself in a harmful manner when awash with destructive emotions or with mind-altering drugs. But when both are active, the brain is at war with itself. The brain also can rewire itself in therapeutic ways by repetition techniques of learning and practice. See the following educational You Tube video by Doctor Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself, for an educational and exciting revelation about brain plasticity, strokes, & emotion and how drugs can damage this normal process. Also in another scientific You Tube video, The Miracle in Human Brain, we gain further insight.
Emotions: an example
When writing psychological novels, the author tries to enter his or her own mind as if he or she were in the same situation, especially if the author has been in like circumstances with similar emotions. However, the following is painfully revealed in The Neurosurgeon.
“Still and all, this surgeon’s fucked-up brain-case was housing his fucked-up beliefs along with a hard-wired consortium of fucked-up consultants, all attempting to treat his fucked-up thinking—and it was not working. Alone, I was simply incapable of unlocking the cryptogram, the key eluding me as it crossed my lips once more—another ounce of whiskey.”
Only years after I recovering from active drinking could I understand how I really felt back then. And come to realize the futility of treating one’s self, a factor realized in this psychological novel.
Emotions. That is what drives us. We believe intellectual thoughts and higher learning determine our future. But, as we see with Ira Stone in The Neurosurgeon, these higher centers take second place to the more primitive neural core of pleasure and pain, whether conscious or unconscious. See the informative You Tube video on brain chemistry and emotions.
Emotions: remembering the past
The Neurosurgeon is written by a brain surgeon who has been several years clean and sober. I put myself back into some of the events that occurred to me, into the feelings, the horror, the fear, the joy, the ecstasy permeating my body and mind at the time. Those emotions then were applied to a different, though equivalent, circumstance(s). The words coming forth must be true to the feelings, if not to any actual occurrence or evolution of events. This must be done by showing and only rarely by telling as the following reveals.
“‘Oh, my God!’ Steffi screamed. ‘Don’t shoot, Ira! It is not what you think! Dear Lord! Put the rifle down! Please!’
The stranger stood frozen on the spot, voiceless, dropping his burning smoke.
With delirious intent my whiskey’d finger jerked the trigger. A sharp crack echoed.”
Emotions and methamphetamine
One of the players in this novel finds temporary, dangerous excitement in the use of methamphetamine. Psychopathological drama with mania and disabling emotions occurs. Indeed, this drug plays a hidden role in the unfolding of plot and character. The reader becomes spellbound while not realizing that the effects of this drug is what, in part, drives this psychological novel. This amphetamine once was, and still is by some therapists, prescribed for a weight loss regimen and also for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A trade name is Adderall. But a terrible addiction often is the side effect, with scorched earth left in its wake. An interesting and illustrative You Tube video explains the effects of methamphetamine and emotions.
(View another page in this website to see a thesaurus of 2,060 synonyms for “said,” “thought,” and “walked” in the author’s Mini-Thesaurus for psychological novels. Synonyms for these verbs were used extensively in the psychological novel, The Neurosurgeon.)
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Emotions & “The Neurosurgeon”
Emotions & “The Neurosurgeon”