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Kroko, The Crocodile With Gestaltzerfall
Time reports on a new line of Paraplüsch toys from Germany representing animals with severe mental illnesses.
For your gift giving consideration: Dub the severely depressed turtle? German
toymaker Paraplush has designed a controversial new line of toys with
an assortment of psychiatric disorders. The company advertises stuffed
animals who suffer from a range of mental illnesses (bipolar disorder,
depression, multiple personality disorder) and even come packaged with a
personalized medical history and treatment plan.
(all descriptions below were taken from the Paraplüsch website.)
The patient’s hypersensitive hallucinatory perception is a symptom
of a paranoid psychosis. The signs are a mental block and a
Gestaltzerfall (disintegration of structure) of the habitual field of
experience. The consequence is a compensational reactivation of
archaic reaction patterns.
The patient seems to temporarily suffer from the delusion that she
is a wolf despite the fact that she is without a doubt a sheep. The
unexpectedly strong exhibition of the repressed identity completely
overstrains her. Hysterical, psychotic defence reactions underline the
fundamental threat which points at negative experiences and resulting
fragmentation processes. In this state, the patient is unable to accept
herself as a plush animal.
The patient has been trying to solve a wooden jigsaw puzzle for the
past few months without success. He is so absorbed in this repetitive
activity that he is unaware of his surroundings most of the time. Ever
since his disorder has begun, the patient hasn’t talked to anyone. A
connection between the inability to speak and the compulsive urge to
solve jigsaw puzzles seems likely.
The patient’s inner conflict must be interpreted as a sign of an
ambivalent relationships towards its own body. Combined with the
fascination of an apparently much more potent-seeming substitute rattle,
we suspect the manifestation of a deeply rooted rattle complex. Of
course, the enclosed substitute rattle should not be in use on a
permanent basis and should only serve as a transitional object.
Being an animal more accustomed to a relaxed pace, life in the fast
lane has caught up with our patient, sending him into a deep
depression. Can you help him to come out of his shell once more and
enjoy life on the outside? Help Dub to rediscover life – slowly this