Friday, December 2, 2011

Graveyard of the Psyche

If you've ever seen the British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, you may be familiar with the episode titled Terrorform. If you're not familiar with it, you can watch it by using the link. It's pretty weird.

Red Dwarf - Series V - Episode 3: Terrorform - Kryten and Rimmer crash land on a "psi-moon", an artificial planetoid which terraforms itself to match the inner psyche and subconscious of anyone who lands on it. Kryten is cut in half in the crash, and Rimmer finds himself alone and taken prisoner by manifestations of his own inner demons. Lister, Cat and Holly arrive to rescue them, but find themselves trapped in an environment shaped by Rimmer's bizarre, self-loathing mind. 

In one scene,  Lister, Cat and Kryten find themselves in a graveyard that represents the lost aspects of Rimmer's personality. Charm is a particularly tiny grave. That says a lot about Rimmer's lack of same. Hope is an open grave. The others must find him and free him of his self-loathing before that grave is filled and the hideous monster that represents Rimmer's self-hatred destroys them all.

I wonder...what would each of our psyche's graveyards look like?

Mine would have a large tombstone for Pride: "Lived a Long and Bothersome Life. Lost 2008."

There would also be grave markers for Selfishness...Deceptiveness...Secrets...Irresponsibility. I was hoping to have laid Stubbornness and Temper to rest by now, but they seem to be thriving.

What have you laid to rest? What would you like to see in your own psyche's graveyard?


  1. Luckily I sent my bad temper to the grave. Now if I could rid myself of my hypersensitivity...but that unfortunately isn't something you can really get rid of.

  2. I hear you can...but I don't know the secret!

  3. I'd have to start by putting my internalizing everything into the grave. It's done me no good at all.

    I'd heard of the series before you mentioned it to me, but had never seen it before. Very, very weird.

    I wonder what kind of answers this is going to bring out!

  4. I wish I could put my low self-confidence and self-esteem issues to rest...maybe then I could be the assertive person who isn't afraid to speak her mind. Maybe I'd also like to get rid of the tears that so frequently fill my eyes...

    BTW, love Red Dwarf!!! I've seen all the episodes a while back, but not just lately.

    Great post!!!

  5. All the proud, confident sexy things my husband fell in love with have been buried as anti-matter that doesn't help me get in touch with the real me. Fortunately he still loves me but it's a shock to his system to see me with the sensitivity of a ten year old in the body of a mature woman. A relaxed, new me that went from being a Type A to what he recently called a Type Z personality. I suppose if I need to access that stuff I can dig it up!

  6. Oh My Goodness.

    I watch Red Dwarf a long time but could never remember when it was on BBC so after the first season kind of lost it.

    Mine would have my ability to always pick the wrong choice along with believing in people and what they say.

    cheers, parsnip

  7. I'm told Type As are stroke-prone. We don't want that for you, Evie!

  8. I have laid to rest my hope and desire to be a writer. I do not have what it takes and after much soul searching, I have been able to put it in the ground and cover it up and walk away. I just can't give it a headstone yet.

    I have laid to rest the idea of being "the perfect pastor's wife". I cannot be it and I no longer struggle wishing I could please everyone in the church. "Need to Please" is safely in the ground.

    Wishing to change the past --- Firmly covered with a large mound of dirt.

    Hope? -- The gravedigger is unsure of what to do. He doesn't know whether to remove the first few shovels of dirt on the casket or to add a few more shovelfuls.

  9. But Carole--you don't have to give up at all! Let's talk about this. Really.

  10. Trying to be the perfect anything is something well laid to rest. I'm so glad that my need for perfection is long buried. Hope, on the other hand, that's something worth fighting for.

  11. Carole, believe me, I know it can be difficult for a new writer, waiting for advances or contracts. I wondered as I set out on this path how I'd get through into the industry, didn't know what I was doing. Deciding to go into self publishing was the best decision I could have made, because it gave me control over what I'd be doing with my writing. I know it can feel overwhelming at times, but I've learned a lot as I've gone along, and writing is something that we have to think of in the long term. Don't give up. You've got what it takes.

  12. I'm trying to bury envy but it's hard. Every time I see someone like Snooki or Tyra Banks talking about their best selling novels I get mad and think,"Life isn't fair. They're already rich and famous and now they have this too when there are so many talented writers out there who can't get a break." But I will never give up hope! I've been lost two dear children, and been diagnosed with an incurable life threatening disease but no matter how many times life knocks me down I'm going to get up, put one foot in front of the other and keep going because there's always hope that things will get better!

  13. I would like to leave what is buried--buried in the graveyard of my mind.
    But...all it takes is a thought, to relive the dreadful mistakes, and unmentionable horrors of our life.
    We gave them names.
    Fond memories. Nostalgia. Happy days. Good times.
    A perfect balance, of good and bad, which I believe that many of you accomplished writers resurrect and feed upon daily for your livelihood.
    It takes a fine tuned skill to do this act of resurrection, from the graveyard of time.
    I may be out of context here but Norma, when you mentioned "psych's graveyard". I thought of 'Phantom of the Opera' and then broke into this 'clatter on keyboard'.
    Hope you don't mind:)

  14. I decided I would no longer bury, I would cremate. Burying something has the possibility of leaving it alive where it can come baback. Cremating it will keep it gone.

  15. I keep a sticky note on my desk for when the going gets stuff. It tell me simply, "It's not worth it." No sense sweating over everything, just enjoy the process there. :)

  16. This is a tough one... its hard to think about these kinds of things. But I guess envy would be a good one. I'm trying to gain what I used to envy

  17. What a cool concept! Mine would have a tombstone for grudges, self-doubt, ego, past mistakes.

  18. Ah yes, Red Dwarf... I know it well. What an interesting question! I'll need to ponder that one.

  19. I used watch Red Dwarf all the time when growing up, it was right after the red green show. So thank you for making me smile, thats why I return to your blog each week. Your writing makes me happy.


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