Thursday, November 10, 2005

Two contrasting examples will illustrate the Dues Test method.

A boy of ten was treated at the Lafargue Clinic for a behavior disorder. He gave inconspicuous answers to the first nine fables. The tenth fable goes like this: A child wakes up tired in the morning, and says:

"Oh, what a bad dream I had!"

What did he dream?

This boy replied, He dreamed about something he didn't like. It might have been something like a murder. He's gonna get murdered and he woke up.

Study of this boy did not reveal any special hostilities or resentments. During one talk with him he told me that he liked Classics comics. "What are they?" I asked. "The Classics," he explained to me, "are the kind that tell a story, like under the water. -I can't remember them." When I told him I was very much interested in all kinds of comic books he confided in me that what he really liked and read a lot was crime comics. "I got a whole pile of Crime Does Not Pay!" Would it not be surprising if such a child did not have murder on his mind?