Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I have an incurable psychological disorder

I can't believe that scientists have a name for the sickness that so many of us adult women have.  The symptoms include:
- incorporating our horses as part of our self image
- idealizing our horses
- viewing our horse as part of our identity
- admiring our horse as part of that dual identity
- seeing our horse as our twin

The syndrome is called  "Horse as Self Object."  Even with the diagnosis of a psychologist, I think I have a very bad case of this disease.

Source:  Older, wiser and less likely to worship their horse: the value of self-objects in horse-human relationships Inga Wolframm*, Joana Brandes, and Ananja Stehouwer, University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

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