stout v. tannen (Final Copy)

stout v. tannen (Final Copy) - Bryan Mulligan Expository...

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Bryan Mulligan Expository Writing 101 Section JQ Instructor: Ms. Kenley October 8 th , 2007 Division: Friend or Foe? In Stout’s essay, “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, it was Friday,” she explains the impact that division has on the conscious and unconscious minds and how this has the potential to disrupt an individual’s ability to make progress. Stout discusses that while temporarily this division between the conscious and unconscious minds can help an individual, once the division becomes too polarized and too frequent it begins to hinder the individual by interfering with everyday life, such as in the cases of her two patients Seth and Julia. Tannen, similarly to Stout, discuses the impact that division has on individuals. Tannen also feels that some conditional division can be useful towards making progress, however, when the division becomes too frequent it begins to have negative effects on the individual and can in fact stop the progress that is trying to be made by the individual. In Stout’s essay we have people divided on a psychological level and in Tannen the division is between society and itself, but in both cases the division is ingrained in us at birth and is therefore unavoidable. Division in the extreme level hinders an individual by interfering with the ability to make progress, however in some cases conditional division can be useful in progress making. Both Stout and Tannen support the idea that division is ingrained in us at birth, both through our anatomy and through our culture. These authors also agree that these two types of division can have both positive and negative effects on an individual, however since we are preconditioned towards dualism the side effects are normally negative. Our brain is divided into two parts, the conscious and unconscious. The conscious and unconscious minds are constantly
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struggling for dominance and control of our brain, and only when there is a proper balance between the two does the brain function properly. In her essay, Stout shows the pros and cons of this anatomical division and how it can help or hinder an individual. Tannen agrees that we have a tendency towards division, not because of our anatomy, but because of our culture. She attributes our, “inclination to regard criticism and attack as the best if not the only type of rigorous thinking,” to our Western roots, going back to the ancient Greeks (Tannen 601). Also, like Stout, Tannen discusses the pros and cons of division and its effect on the individual in our “Adversarial Culture”. Dissociative experiences are times where the division between the conscious and
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