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Lecture 5

VIC136H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

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Sticky Songs
Can you get a sticky song out of your head? You need to get something else into your head to get the
sticky song out of your head. You can replace a sticky song with another sticky song or another obsessive
item. Sticky songs and involuntary and intrusive thoughts are an aspect of obsessive-compulsive
behaviour and OCD. Therefore you have some control over intrusive thoughts.
Short term symptomatic therapies — you don’t go deeply into the cause of someone but you treat the
symptom first which doesn’t always work but it is quick solution.
Deep and long term therapies (ie. psychoanalysis) — Psychoanalysists recover repressed memories,
maybe something happened to you that made you prone to obsessive compulsive disorder.
Studying music can be a guide to udnerstanding psychology.
If you play a sad song, you actually don’t feel sad afterwards, you feel happy.
Psychosis — when you imagine things that are not real, drugs can bring on psychosis but songs can also
give you messages that intrude your mind.
“Gloomy Sunday”, the song, was widely believed to have caused people to kill themselves when they
heard it but this is a myth and a rumour.
Leading us to: gossip.
Gossip can be secretive information about competitors or just plainly fascinating information we have
heard about someone.
Gender issue: There is an opinion that women and girls gossip more. They used to lock women’s tongues
because they were gossips of the town.
By sharing these stories, it brings intimacy and a community with those that you share with. Now we
have group chats where we can gossip about people privately or gossip online through social media.
There are degrees of gossipness though and the highest degree is when it is secretive and the lowest is
when it is just general information.
Celebrity gossip is a huge industry.
What we gossip about celebrities is the same as what we gossip about for ordinary people we know (or
heard about).
Celebrity gossip can be quite public, unrestrained and good PR but the content is the same. Essentially the
same thing but with less exposure.
Gossip makes it possible for us to look at ordinary life and then the extraordinary life of celebrities and
relate - they have the same problems as me.
FUNCTION: make ordinary life larger than life, gives meaning to the personal tragedies we experience.
Our lives seems less ordinary and their lives seem less glamourous and more ordinary.