Struggling with Reality: Anomalous Self-Experiences in Max Blecher’s Adventures in Immediate Irreality
In this article, we combine a brief historical sketch of Max Blecher (1909-1938) and his literary masterpiece with a qualitative method utilized in phenomenological psychopathology, more specifically, the EASE (Examination of Anomalous Self-Experiences) checklist. We begin by introducing a brief historical sketch of the author’s life and central work. Following this, we compare some of his vivid experiences with a number of phenomenological EASE dimensions, i.e. anomalous bodily experiences, such as described in the checklist. However, we would like to indicate that our claim is not to make any assumptions concerning the normal or pathological nature of the experiences, but to point out some similarities between Blecher’s beautiful and insightful accounts and some of the EASE formulations. Bydoing so, we point out the importance of grasping the subjective experience (related both to the self and the world) of psychiatric patients within the clinical realm, so that studentsand clinicians might perhaps gain novel perspectives on their patients’inner life.
Keywords: Anomalous Subjective Experiences; Max Blecher; Psychopathology; EASE; Phenomenology.