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the board naturally jumped at the chance, and he stole the company from right under me.” “How do you feel about his actions?” “I was angry at first, but now he’s in serious financial trouble because his attempt to pull off `the greatest takeover in history’ is being stalled by the company’s Chief Executive Officer.” “I read something about it in the paper. He’s attempting to take over Trojan, but the head of the company, Hector Prince, won’t let him.” “That’s right.” replied Oswald. “Trojan is the world’s largest manufacturer of condoms, and with the present scare over social diseases, it’s business is booming. They also own several tire companies; basically, they own anything that involves the use of rubber.” “Can you help Mr. Atreides?”

asked the psychologist. “Yes, but I’m not going to. I believe that this is some sort of divine retribution. Fate is paying him back for cheating me out of my company.” said Oswald complacently. “Did he do something illegal?” “You mean in stealing Trojan from me?” The doctor nodded. “Not really, but it’s not the sort of thing one does to one’s friends. I mean he knew that I wanted the takeover, and that this company was the target I had chosen over five years ago. I had just been biding my time until an opportunity presented itself; and when it did, he was right there to take advantage of things I had told him as a friend . . . confidential things.” “Mr. Reussi, I have heard nearly enough,” the doctor said, putting down his notebook, “but there is one

more thing that I need to know. If Mr. Atreides had not done what he did in the Trojan takeover, would you help him to defeat Hector?” “I would jump at the chance of making that dog Hector squirm. He’s one of the most despicable men I know. He never fails to point out that my father married into money, while his family is one of those that trace their ancestry to the Mayflower.” “Then, if I may, I suggest that you go to Mr. Atreides’ aid.” the doctor knew that this would not be received warmly and was prepared to defend it. “Why should I help Alexander? He’s as much of a bastard as Hector!” The doctor cleared his throat. “Firstly, it would be to both of your advantages to see Mr. Prince out. You’ve already stated that you would like to see him squirm, well

here’s your chance. And to top it all, you would have a chance to be part of the largest takeover in history. You stated yourself that this was your main motive in the matter.” “It’s true that I would like to see Hector squirm, but I hate to have to save Alexander in the process.” said Oswald doubtfully. “Secondly, we have already established that you have an unresolved Oedipus complex and-” “I’m not absolutely certain that I understand what it is to have an `unresolved Oedipus complex’,” Oswald interrupted. “I apologize for not clarifying my psychological terms for you. An Oedipus complex, as you are probably aware, is a normal childhood phenomena. Because of the child’s natural love for his mother, he views his father as being in competition with him

for that love, and, as a result, develops a hatred of him. The complex is usually resolved by the child’s development of a `castration complex.’ Two primary reasons contribute to this: first the child is frequently scolded for touching his genital area, and, secondly he may see a naked girl and believe that she has been punished for the same crime, by having the offending organ amputated. In his irrational fear of castration, the boy tries to compensate by ridding himself of all thoughts of hatred by repression, and attempts to love his father. Naturally, this is a drastically simplified explanation of a complicated process. Do you understand now?” asked Dr. Zeis. “Yes. You believe that I did not suffer from this . . . uhh . . . ” “Castration complex?” offered the

doctor. “That’s it,” said Oswald, “and therefore I never overcame the sense of competition with my father.” “Yes,” confirmed the psychologist, “that’s it in a nutshell. You see, you were never really around your parents when you were a child, and because they spent so little time with you, they were loathe to scold you. Also you said yourself that you frequently suffered comparison with your father when you were a child, and this served to enhance the sense of competition. So now I am attempting to suggest a therapy that will aid you in overcoming your dysfunction.” “But how will helping Alexander accomplish anything?” asked Oswald dubiously. “The only way to triumph over the problem is to consciously avoid behaviour that it causes. And the scenario you