A Few S-functions


So most of the time I’m thinking of this as the first handshake, and it is a communications protocol thing. It is not just for talking, I suspect that if we look at many relations between one s-fractal and another, there is often a handshake, so they know they are “talking the same language” and then a “kiss goodbye” so they know the dance is over.

Waving goodbye

This is the “over and out” or kissing, or shaking hands (literally) that tells both sides the communication (or other thing- cause empathy doesn’t seem to be communication, but maybe it helps to think of it that way) is over.

In html that is the <a> message and then </a> end of message. How important is it, and what kind of problems arise from not have the <a> and </a>  — if online you could send them to a web site where that error happens.  It actually works for the “hello handshake” as well.


How strongly does the s-fractal belong to something larger. This is different from being controlled by a “same level” or “same generation” fractal. It is something like how “Jewish” am I really. Or how well do I fit into this or that group.



How “tuned in” to another s-fract is any given s-fract?  This might consist of several sub-functions.

Has an impact on the thing being empathic and on the thing to which empathy is extended.


Transitive and intransitive functions

I’m not sure if this is the same as verbs that have a function and those that don’t, but it seems that – using empathy as an example – there are things that empathy does for the empathizer (increases understanding, creates emotional states) and different things it does for the empathizee (feeling understood, anxiety reducing). Maybe this makes sense to think of in terms of subject-verb-object, or maybe it makes sense to see if the object is the same as the subject.


It seems like one function this illuminates is the incorporations (I can’t think of the technical term) of soothing from mother to child. Initially the mother soothes the child, and then through transitional objects, the child learns to “incorporate the soothing function””and so can sooth themselves. At one level this is modeling, at another level maybe called something else.

(I suspect a number of psychodynamic ideas, like self-object functions, could be thought of as s-functions.)


It is interesting to look at anger or hatred (which are feeling states – intransitive perhaps) versus aggression (which is an action – transitive perhaps.)


Seems like anger or hatred,


Who said “the opposite of love isn’t hate, it is indifference.”

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