Ms. Barch: Daria? Reinforcement?
Daria: Hmm… to make a child stop crying, a mother might say, “That’s it! I’m sending you to El Paso to live with your real father.” Whenever the child gets upset, the mother might wave an airline ticket in her face, or maybe even frame it on the wall by the clown picture. The ticket stops the girl from crying, or showing any emotion… ever.
Ms. Barch: Right, that’s…
Daria: Years later, seeing an airplane or just hearing one fly overhead can unleash a Pandora’s Box of repressed anger, shattering the grown child’s fragile psyche and triggering a psychotic and possibly deadly episode.
Ms. Barch: I like the way you think.