The Puppeteers: Studies of Obsessive Control

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The Puppeteers is a remarkable exploration of the loss of freedom. Freedom is lost through ignorance of the extent to which one is being controlled, as well as through the belief that controlling something, someone or oneself enhances personal power. The Puppeteers is comprised of three major case studies, which demonstrate what happens to people who live by the rules and enforce the rules, but do so obsessively, inhumanly, and mechanistically.

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Gerald Alper is a Fellow and faculty member of the American Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

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Through three case histories of patients caught up in what he terms "behavioral puppetry"-obsessive control and manipulation-New York City-based psychotherapist Alper brilliantly probes the larger forces of dehumanization in our society. Matthew, his first subject, spent roughly 1979 to 1983 in the hedonistic, California-based cult of the Frontiersmen, whose charismatic former leader, Tony Patrano, is portrayed here as a delusional paranoid who ruled his flock through indoctrination, physical abuse and bizarre behavior, leading almost to collective insanity. Paul, profiled in the second case study, falls off the corporate ladder of success and lands in a "boiler room" telemarketing operation, where he faces his boss's constant verbal whippings, as well as relentless pressure maintained by computerized monitoring of all sales calls. Emily, addicted to the Manhattan singles scene, becomes obsessed with finding the perfect love and marrying before her 41st birthday. Alper deftly explores the loss of human freedom stemming from behavior patterns that limit choices while lending a sense of purpose and temporarily unifying fragmented selves.
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