Trig­ger warn­ing for a course in de­vel­op­men­tal psy­chol­ogy

The Walrus - - THE WRONG TRACK - By Stevie how­ell

Pre­dic­tion is not only pos­si­ble, it’s para­mount. Mile­stones make us hu­man. Up­right, time-bound. Or is that po­etry, or is that mu­sic. Or is that sports, or brew­eries. Or phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, or sui­cide. Or none of the above?

Be­fore you can hold your wa­ter­logged head up in a co­bra pose, these men­tal Lik­ert check­boxes of Norms hover over your tiny bed like mo­bile el­e­ments, like the stars you’ve yet to wit­ness.

Sur­veil­lance dove­tails with a kind of love we call un­con­di­tional, in a man­ner too ex­pan­sive for the present dis­cus­sion. In its ab­sence, like wa­ter, you may cy­cle through three states of iden­tity—mora­to­rium,

dif­fu­sion, fore­clo­sure—

It’s not your fault no one taught you awe or bound­aries.

But it’s hard to reach the eu­dai­monic with­out a map, sea-legs, a sec­ond-lan­guage, etc. It’s not im­pos­si­ble, per se, but it’s dif­fi­cult—ac­tu­ally chang­ing, post-ideal win­dow of ac­qui­si­tion.

It’s some­what un­heard of. Un­usual. Ab­nor­mal, even.

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