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Ordinary People by Judith Guest is the story of adysfunctional family who relate to one another through aseries of extensive defense mechanisms ie an unconsciousprocess whereby reality is distorted to reduce or preventanxiety The book opens with seventeen year old Conradson of upper middle-class Beth and Calvin Jarrett homeafter eight months in a psychiatric hospital there because hehad attempted suicide by slashing his wrists His mother is ameticulously orderly person who Jared through projectionfeels despises him She does all the right things attending toJareds physical needs keeping a spotless home plays golfand bridge with other women in her social circle but in herown words is an emotional cripple Jareds father raised inan orphanage seems anxious to please everyone acommonplace reaction of individuals who as childrenexperienced parental indifference or inconsistency Though asuccessful tax attorney he is jumpy around Conrad andaccording to his wife drinks too many martinis Conradseems consumed with despair A return to normalcy schooland home-life appear to be more than Conrad can handleChalk-faced hair-hacked Conrad seems bent onperpetuating the family myth that all is well in the world Hisfamily after all are people of good taste They do notdiscuss a problem in the face of the problem And besidesthere is no problem Yet there is not one problem in thisfamily but two - Conrads suicide and the death by drowningof Conrads older brother Buck Conrad eventuallycontacts a psychiatrist Dr Berger because he feels the airis full of flying glass and wants to feel in control Their initialsessions together frustrate the psychiatrist because ofConrads inability to express his feelings Berger cajoles himinto expressing his emotions by saying Thats what happenswhen you bury this junk kiddo It keeps resurfacing Wontleave you alone Conrads slow but steady journey towardshealing seems partially the result of cathartic revelationswhich purge guilt feelings regarding his brothers death andhis familys denial of that death plus the love of a goodwoman Jeannine who sings soprano to Conrads tenorThere is no doubt that Conrad
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