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More than thirty years of intensive investigation of these problems permits me to make the general statement that in man every case of emotional neurosis or psychosis is the result of more or less conflict and confusion involving bisexual differentiation. ... Dementing schizophrenia is essentially a regression to the cloacal level of hermaphrodism. I am quite sure that it would be easy to demonstrate these factors in any case and often within an hour of investigation. - "Bisexual Factors in Curable Schizophrenia," Edward J. Kempf, M.D. (presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 18, 1948), Journal of Abnormal Social Psychology, Vol. 44, 1949, pp. 414-19.

The complete E.J. Kempf article can be found on this website's menu under E.J. KEMPF: BISEXUAL FACTORS IN CURABLE SCHIZOPRHENIA.

Dr. Edward J. Kempf was a highly-respected and brilliant psychiatrist and psycho-analyst whose productive years encompassed well over half a century, ending with his death in 1971. Thus, when Dr. Kempf makes the claim that "in man every case of emotional neurosis or psychosis is the result of more or less conflict and confusion involving bisexual differentiation," the world should sit up and take notice. Unfortunately, not enough notice has been taken of his findings, for today investigators profess to be searching still for the "elusive" cause of functional mental illness, up to and including the dysfunction labeled "schizophrenia."

The purpose of this monograph of 639 quotations from various sources is to prove the validity of this theory of Dr. Edward J. Kempf,* and to set at rest once and for all any questions about the etiology of mental illness.

Dr Edward J. Kempf was a Life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease; a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychopathological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Psychological Association. He was the author of over 30 papers and books, including his famous Psychopathology, published in 1920, and "The Origin and Evolution of Bisexual Differentiation," published in 1947.

Dr. Kempf graduated from medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1910; interned at the state mental hospital in Cleveland from 1910-11 and at the state mental hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1911-13. He performed his residency at Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, from 1913-14. From 1914 to 1920 he was a clinical psychiatrist at St. Elisabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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In Paris itself the University did not fail to make known, with great ceremony, the outcome of the trial in which it had played a predominant role. The Journal d'un Bourgeois de Paris, written by a university man and therefore conveying university feeling exactly, has a long account of how. '... on the day of Saint-Martin-le-Bouillant (July 4th) a general procession was made to Saint-Martin-des-Champs and a brother of the Order of Saint Dominic, who was an Inquisitor and a Master of Theology, preached a sermon. In this he included a version of Joan the Maid's whole life; she had claimed to be the daughter of very poor folk; she had adopted man's attire when she was only fourteen and her father and mother would willingly have killed her then had they been able to do it without wounding their own conscience; and that was why she left them, accompanied by the hellish Enemy. Thereafter her life was one of fire and blood and the murder of Christians until she was burned at the stake.'

The Journal records, before this, and in all the detail which the writer had been able to obtain, a life and trial of Joan XE "Joan of Arc" in much the same spirit, adding an account of her execution which no doubt conveys more or less what was known in Paris and echoes the version put about by the university: 'When she saw that her punishment was certain she cried for mercy and orally abjured. Her clothes were taken from her and she was attired as a woman, but no sooner did she find herself in this attire than she fell again into error and asked for her man's clothes. She was therefore soon condemned to death by all the judges, and bound to a stake on the scaffold of plaster (cement) on which the fire was built. She perished soon, and her dress was all burned away, then the fire was drawn a little back that the people should not doubt. The people saw her stark naked with all the secrets which a woman can and should have. When this sight had lasted long enough, the executioner replaced great fire under that poor carrion which was soon charred and the bones reduced to ashes. Many people said there and elsewhere that she was a martyr and that she had sacrificed herself for her true prince. Others said that this was not so and that he who had so long protected her had done her ill. Thus spake the people, but whether she had done well or ill, she was burned that day.' — Joan of Arc, by Herself and Her Witnesses, Regine Pernoud, Stein and Day, New York, 1969, p. 238

Joan herself reported during her trial that her voices and visions first appeared to her at the age of thirteen, and here we are informed by another source that she first adopted "man's attire" at the age of fourteen. Thus her hallucinations and her transvestism, following closely the one upon the other, were the first concrete signs of her schizophrenic psychosis, which clinically would be termed of the paranoid type. As is invariably the case, schizophrenic symptomatology springs from severe bisexual conflict whose roots lie in early sex-role alienation as a child. In Joan's case, the etiology of her schizophrenia is more glaringly apparent than it is in the "average" schizophrenic.

Thus we are presented with the tragic and heart-rending spectacle of a severely mentally-ill young girl, no more than 19 or 20 years of age at most, being tied to the stake and burned alive as the direct consequence of actions she had taken in pursuance of the tasks, and in obedience to the commands, levied upon her by her hallucinated "voices".

In life, her sex-role alienation had been so complete that her executioners deemed it necessary to draw back the fire momentarily to enable the witnesses to verify the fact that indeed she was a female and not the male she gave every evidence of being by dint of her outward appearance and war-like activities.

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Responding to some of Hemingway's more extreme behavior near the end of 'The Paris Pilgrims,' Robert McAlmon, his friend and publisher, speculates that 'Hemingway might someday realize that the qualities he found so despicable, so unacceptable and hateful in other men, might be the very qualities he was trying to deny in himself.' The character McAlmon continues. 'But if Hemingway was to escape insanity or suicide, those repressed qualities would someday have to come out'. - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (review of Clancy Carlile's The Paris Pilgrims), "Books of the Times" section of The New York Times, July 7, 1999.

The "character McAlmon" in Clancy Carlile's, The Paris Pilgrims, is a most astute psychologist, unerringly fathoming the psycho-dynamics behind Hemingway's extreme mental turmoil. Furthermore, his brilliant analysis applies not only to Hemingway, but to all mentally ill persons, in that the only way "to escape insanity or suicide, those repressed qualities would someday have to come out." This de-repression of the "repressed qualities" is the only way to "cure" the bearded lady disease, and can only be achieved through rigorous psycho-analysis or other depth-oriented psychotherapy.

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He asked that "the person who will wash my body near the genitals must wear gloves on his hand so he won't touch my genitals."

Mr. Atta, said to be painfully shy around women throughout his life, asked that women play no role at his funeral. "I don't want any woman to go to my grave at all during my funeral or any occasion thereafter," he wrote. "I don't want a pregnant woman or a person who is not clean to come and say goodbye to me because I don't approve of it." - "Will Suggests Suspect Had Long Planned to Die for Beliefs," Philip Shenon and David Johnson, The New York Times, October 4, 2001 (page not noted).

Mohammed Atta, the suicidal terrorist who flew a plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, here clearly demonstrates his powerful repressed homosexual tendencies, demonstrated first by his intense, stated dislike of, and disgust for, womankind in general, and then by his extreme over-reaction to having another man touch his genitals, even after he was dead.

There cannot be the slightest doubt that Atta suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, the bearded lady disease, caused by his intense bisexual conflict and gender confusion. He was noticeably effeminate as a child and it is said that he used to sit on his mother's lap until he entered the University of Cairo. His father was constantly berating his mother for making a "girl" out of him. When he finally left the family and went to Hamburg, he formed a very close bond with a group of like-minded men. He finally began dating a girl, his first ever "romantic" experience with the opposite sex. When this romance ended, Atta became "distraught," according to his father, and it was at this time that the extraordinary change in his nature took place. From a shy, timid, diffident young man, he suddenly metamorphosed into an aggressive, "holy" warrior, bent on a suicidal mission.

It was at this juncture that he had his schizophrenic break with reality which set him on his course toward death and almost unimaginable destruction. In the words of Harold Searles, the insightful psycho-analyst, "Not infrequently the schizophrenic illness is precipitated in a setting of rejection in a love affair."

It is ironic that Atta was at one time bearded but was clean-shaven when he perished in his suicidal flight into the World Trade Center. He was a classic victim of schizophrenia, the bearded lady disease, as were the thousands of his victims who also suffered and died because of it. It has often been said that suicide is the most serious symptom in schizophrenia, and it certainly was in this incredibly tragic case.

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In a smarmy matriarchy of togetherness it is hard to get a sanction to hate one's mother; so how do I express my hate for my mother? In my deepest emotions I think of her as an enemy: somebody who 'killed' my father, my first male ally in the world. She is a murderess of maleness . what a luxury it would be to kill her, to strangle her skinny veined throat . But I was too nice for murder. - The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Sylvia Plath Plath, Sylvia, 1950-1962, (transcribed from the original manuscript at Smith College, edited by Karen V. Kukil) Anchor Books, New York (from book review, publication not noted).

It is easy to see why Sylvia Plath had such a difficult time identifying herself as a woman when her first and most important female role model was such a hated figure, a "murderess of maleness" as she so venomously describes her mother However, Ms. Plath had unconsciously identified with her mother to a certain extent, as can be seen in her description of herself in her poem "Lady Lazarus":

"Herr God, Herr Lucifer,
Beware
Beware.
Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air."

A woman who "eats men like air" could likewise be called a "murderess of maleness." Thus Ms. Plath has partly become the one person she hates most in the world - her own mother.

Note should also be made here of the fact that "Lady Lazarus" is a "bearded lady" reference - Lazarus being a male in mythology. In reality, Ms. Plath unconsciously realizes that she, like her mother, is a "bearded lady," half man, half woman. It is this deep gender confusion and resulting bisexual conflict which was the direct cause of her lifelong schizophrenia and eventual death by suicide.

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After the suicide of his wife, Nadezdha, in 1932, Stalin led a bizarre and lonely life, up most of the night with his collection of frightened Politburo colleagues. He forced them to sit through repeated movies and long drunken dinners, and even to dance with one another while he watched. - Steven Erlanger, The New York Times, 1995 (month and day not noted), p. 44.

There was obviously a very strong homosexual element in these all-male parties which Stalin orchestrated between himself and his "frightened colleagues." Actually, "terrified" would probably be a better word to describe the feelings of his captive audience whose members never knew from one minute to the next when his raging paranoia would fixate on one or another of them, with usually fatal consequences.

Over a period of time, Stalin would become unconsciously enamored homosexually with a member of this inner circle. The "paranoid shift" would then become operative, i.e., "I love him - no, I don't love him; I hate him - no, I don't hate him; he hates me and is trying to destroy me, so I have to kill him first." And of course this is what Stalin did, many, many times. His fulminating paranoid schizophrenia resulted not only in the destruction of many of his closest colleagues, but also of millions of other innocent human beings, caught up in his pathological delusions of persecution and megalomania, all products of his "bearded lady" disease.

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Phil Morowski, an acquaintance, said that when McVeigh returned from the Gulf War, he complained that the Army had implanted a computer chip in his buttocks apparently to keep track of him. - Lee Hancock and David Jackson, Dallas Morning News, (reprinted in the Marin Independent Journal, Marin County, California, April 23, 1995, p. 1).

The fact that Mr. McVeigh believed the Army had implanted a computer chip in his buttocks to monitor his whereabouts points immediately to the certainty he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, the "bearded lady" disease. This is a classic symptom of this condition - namely, the psychotic belief that an unfriendly entity has implanted some kind of a device in or on the body to control or monitor the schizophrenic person's actions. The fact that in Mr. McVeigh's case the implantation took place "in his buttocks" strongly points to unconscious, passive anal erotic cravings.

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The Hitler family doctor during the years when he was growing up in Linz was a Jew, Eduard Bloch. This is a dramatic enough fact in itself, and coupled with the fact that Block attended Hitler's mother, Klara, during her final illness, it has given rise to some particularly energetic flights of conjecture. Klara, to whom her son was devoted, died of breast cancer when he was eighteen: she suffered great pain, made worse by the application of idioform-soaked gauze. It has been suggested that Block bungled the treatment, or that even if he didn't Hitler assumed he had; either way, it is argued, Hitler was left traumatized, with a festering resentment against 'the Jew.' As against this theory, there are two undoubted facts. Hitler expressed warm gratitude to Bloch at the time (and made him a present of one of his watercolors); more telling still, after the Nazi takeover of Austria in 1938, he gave him special permission to leave the country. Needless to say, for those who subscribe to the theory this simply means that Hitler's hatred of Bloch was buried deep in his unconscious - and all the more virulent in consequence. Most of us, however, would probably prefer to reserve judgement. - Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil, Ron Rosenbaum, Random House, New York, 1998 (in "A Nice Pleasant Youth," John Gross, The New York Review of Books, December 17, 1998, pp. 12-17).

In reading Ron Rosenbaum's next to last sentence in the above quotation, we find the clue to Hitler's madness. All that is required is the substitution of the word ""love" for "hatred" and the genesis of Hitler's paranoid schizophrenia becomes clear. The sentence then reads: "for those who subscribe to the theory this simply means that Hitler's love of Bloch was buried deep in his unconscious - and all the more virulent in consequence."

As Sigmund Freud so brilliantly demonstrated in his famous case of Daniel Paul Schreber {Psycho-Analytic Notes of an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia (Dementia Paranoides)}, in every case of paranoia the underlying factor is invariably the denial, or repression of, homosexual love for the person who later becomes the persecutor. The formula is: "I love him (or her)." Then comes the denial - "No, I don't love him (or her). I hate him (or her)." And then finally - "No, I don't hate him (or her); he (or she) hates me and persecutes me, therefore I have to defend myself against that person even to the point of killing him (or her)."

In Hitler's case, his deep affection and respect for his childhood physician had a strong element of homosexual love in it, which Hitler violently repressed and disavowed, yet which came back to torment him - the return of the repressed. This is what caused his schizophrenic collapse at the age of twenty-eight when he was in the army hospital at Pasewalk suffering from the effects of mustard gas.

Unable to assign the persecutory blame directly on Dr. Bloch, following his "recovery" from his psychotic, or schizophrenic break at Pasewalk, this hatred was displaced on all the Jews. He retained enough "reason" in his paranoid mind that consciously he was unable to think of Bloch, himself, as a persecutor, unlike the case of Daniel Paul Schreber, where Schreber's doctor, Professor Paul Emil Flechsig, did become the main persecutor in his delusional mind. Hitler, after all, was never so out of control that he had to be locked up in a mental asylum, as was Schreber, because he was able to retain somewhat more of his sanity after his schizophrenic break. Hitler remained "sane" enough to consciously know that Bloch meant him no harm, but was paranoid enough from his repressed homosexual feelings toward Bloch to extend his paranoia to all other Jews, against whom he then proceeded to defend himself by killing off as many as he could. This was "displacement" in its extreme. Actually, the fact he did not have Bloch killed proves the existence of his powerful feelings of love for him, which in his "crazed mind" he was fortunately unable to turn into feelings of persecution per se. But in this particular case of paranoid schizophrenia, Bloch's good fortune became the terrible misfortune of all other Jews.

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Inevitably the break came. During a luncheon party in April which the Kalmans, old friends of theirs visiting from St. Paul, attended, Zelda became afraid of missing her ballet lesson and abruptly left the table to catch a taxi. Kalman, noticing how nervous she seemed, went with her. In the taxi, while Zelda changed into her practice clothes, he tried to persuade her to take a rest from the ballet. But she did not appear to hear him and mumbled something unintelligible. As the taxi paused at a crossing, Zelda ran from the car toward her studio. Kalman returned to Scott, told him what had happened, and suggested that there was something seriously wrong with Zelda.

Madame Egorova, too, had begun to notice a change in Zelda. One afternoon Zelda invited her to tea. They were alone in the apartment and it became clear to the older woman that there was something strange happening to Zelda - her gestures, her face, and even her voice seemed increasingly peculiar. When they had finished their tea, Madam Egorova sat down on the couch facing Zelda. Suddenly Zelda threw herself down on her knees at Egorova's feet. Trying to prevent the situation from going any further, Egorova rose calmly and told Zelda that it was late and that she had to go home, and quietly left the apartment.

On April 23, 1930, slightly more than a decade after their marriage, Zelda entered a hospital called Malmaison on the outskirts of Paris. She was in a state of extreme anxiety, and restlessly paced the room, saying: 'It's dreadful, it's horrible, what's to become of me, I must work and I won't be able to, I should die, but I must work. I'll never be cured. Let me leave. I must go see 'Madame' [Egorova], she has given me the greatest possible joy; it's like the rays of the sun shining on a piece of crystal, to a symphony of perfumes, the most perfect harmonies of the greatest musicians.' She was slightly intoxicated on her arrival and said that she found alcohol a necessary stimulant for her work. On the 2nd of May Zelda abruptly left the hospital against her physician's advice. - Zelda, Nancy Milford, Harper & Row, New York, Evanston and London, 1970, p. 158.

The "break" which "inevitably" came was Zelda's schizophrenic break, and, as is invariably the case, it was the result of intense bisexual conflict which could no longer be kept under repression and which finally broke through into partial awareness in the scene described here with Madame Egorova.

When Zelda threw herself at Egorova's feet, it was obvious to the latter that Zelda had passionate feelings for her and that she might momentarily lose all control and begin making sexual advances to her. To prevent this from happening, Egorova excused herself as gracefully as possible and quickly left Zelda's apartment.

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Having already called Julius Nyerere, the president of Tanzania, a coward, an old woman and a prostitute, he announced that he loved Mr. Nyerere and "would have married him if he had been a woman." He said he expected Queen Elizabeth to send him "her 25-year old knickers" in celebration of the silver anniversary of her coronation.

In other comments he offered to become king of Scotland and lead his Celtic subjects to independence from Britain. - Michael T. Kaufman, Obituaries, The New York Times, August 17, 2003, p. 22.

Idi Amin, the maniacal, homicidal ruler of Uganda for eight years during the 1970's, who is reliably reported to have been responsible for the demise of at least 300,000 of his fellow citizens, obviously was afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia, the bearded lady disease. This is confirmed by the history of his life and by some very revealing information contained in the above quotation, especially in the first few lines where Mr. Amin discusses his feelings about Julius Nyerere, the president of Tanzania. When he calls Mr. Nyerere a "coward, an old woman and a prostitute," he is in reality projecting onto Mr. Nyerere his own deeply repressed, unconscious image of himself. He then confesses his love for Mr. Nyerere, stating he "would have married him if he had been a woman." Again, the true psychological meaning of this utterance is that he, Idi Amin, wishes that he himself were a woman and that Mr. Nyerere would marry him. In any case, the homosexual overtones in this remark are very clear. The projection of a person's own repressed, unconscious wishes and feelings onto others is an invariable phenomenon in paranoid schizophrenia.

Further proof of Amin's schizophrenia are his statements that he wished, or expected, that Queen Elizabeth would send him her "25-year old knickers," and that he wished to become King of Scotland. It is interesting to note that Amin wished to have in his personal possession a piece of clothing worn by a female who just happened to be a queen, making that item of clothing the ultimate in femaleness, or at least most likely to be considered so in his disordered mind.

In conclusion, Amin here demonstrates the invariable bisexual conflict and gender confusion which forms the core of schizophrenia. His name is one more to be added to that long list of schizophrenic leaders who, due to their bearded lady disease, have wreaked untold horror and tragedy upon the innocent citizens of their countries.

(Note: Allegations that Amin suffered from untreated syphilis have never been proved. Furthermore, the symptoms of organic general paresis caused by tertiary syphilis are easily distinguishable from the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and Idi Amin displayed all the classic symptoms of this latter disease, including delusions of grandeur, persecution, manic-depression, and hysteria, to catalogue just a few of its most common manifestations.)

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