The power of Nietzsche’s philosophy is that it puts you back in touch with “primary process thinking
” which — as Jeannette Gagan points out — is experienced as being psychologically revitalising.One ought not to handle gunpowder the wrong way, however, and there is nothing about the gunpowder of primary process thinking that ensures that it will never harm you or that getting in touch with these will benefit you unreservedly. You need to THINK about what you are doing — which is why it is said that a shaman is one who has finally learned to “master the spirits” where most people are merely mastered by them.Those who descend to the level of using primary process thinking without adequate preparation or knowledge about what they are doing will tend to undermine their own integrity and destroy themselves. If there is any form of pathology lurking at the base of their psyches, then this outcome of self-destruction is almost certainly assured.
One of the greatest dangers for those who want to gain power in this way is to think, “If I am winning, she is losing.” This mode of thinking feeds narcissism, but undermines and destroys a higher level social logic — that is, one of mutuality in human relations. To imagine that one is tricking a woman into submitting to you (to your benefit and to her loss) is to engage in a kind of black shamanism that will ultimately destroy you — and sooner, rather than later.
A proper understanding of primary processes leads mutuality, which is only possible once any pathologies of the psyche have been dealt with.
If not, the gunpowder that you seek to use against others will explode your head.