2. Theories about why the shawl wearing went into a decline over the three day period. Sure, each day got warmer however my theory about the continued decline in shawl wearing was more psychologically based. It is my assertion that scarf and shawls work like a socially acceptable transitional object for adults. Just a quick refresher on transitional objects from Wikipedia:
In human childhood development, a transitional object is something, usually a physical object, which takes the place of the mother-child bond. Common examples include dolls, teddy bears or blankets.
Donald Woods Winnicott introduced the concepts of transitional objects and transitional experience in reference to a particular developmental sequence. With ‘transition’ Winnicott means an intermediate developmental phase between the psychic and external reality. In this ‘transitional space’ we can find the ‘transitional object’.
So, it is my theory, that upon arrival to the conference, day one, when the transition from regular everyday life into the alternate world of conference-life occurs that the need for a transitional object would be at its highest and when I would expect to see the most shawls in use. Moving into this transitional space would necessitate a need for a transitional object. As one started to feel at home at the conference the need for the transitional garment would decline as evidenced in my pie charts, graphs and other supporting documents.
I would like to let the record show that I did not include ponchos or capes into my data, even though one might make a convincing case that such garments may in fact serve as a transitional object. I also did not include the wearers of the “1980’s style Preppy sweater worn as scarf” phenomenon into the data.
3. Memories of me getting the nerve to actually ask Hillman a question and to publically admitting to him that I have a crush on him and him responding to in a way that was absolutely adorable. Upon hearing of my crush Hilly smiled broadly and without missing a beat told me, “This could be dangerous.” Without hyperbole I can tell you that was one of THE biggest moments of my life. There are many thinkers I would have liked to meet. It would have been nice to meet Freud, Jung, or Joseph Campbell— and as much as I love those men I can tell you that I don’t have a crush on any of them—it is Hilly whose mind blows my mind and makes my heart go a pitter-patter. This is the 12th time I have heard him speak. This was the first time I ever spoke to him. This was BIG for me. So big that I cannot wait until Thursday and I can tell Igor that I actually talked to Hillman.
4. Notebooks filled with notes of all the brilliant things that Hillman said. I don’t dare and try and sum up all that Hillman said at the conference. If you are interested in the topic I suggest you get this book. Or, if you want to see the conference you can purchase the DVD here.
5. “Longing for Paradise: Psychological Perspectives on an Archetype” by Mario Jacoby. I already have the book but as it is in storage, and as I continue to be somewhat obsessed about the symbolism of why Lake Bluff has so long remained a mythical Eden that I feel expelled from, I needed to have another copy.
6. New friends. I made two new L.A. therapist friends who made my time at the conference so much more fun and who will make my life in L.A. better still. It didn’t occur to me until I met them that I really don’t have any therapist friends in L.A. Well now I do.
7. CDs of the Hillman conference that I can listen to again and again and again.
8. Dirty clothes.
9. Just a few pictures. I didn’t get off of campus, so all I have to show your is my gorgeous school’s Montecito campus.
10. Bigger PhD fantasies.
11. An intellectual high and a post-Hillman after-glow that leaves me more radiant than Nars Orgasm blush ever could.