Anyway, I've been recently interested in the metaphorical implications of such a condition. I imagine that we all have experienced, at one time or another, an overwhelming desire to cut off or cut out some part of our lives that is not necessarily "diseased"--and may seem, to the objective eye, perfectly healthy--but nevertheless somehow doesn't fit our own image of what an integrated life should look like. How do you justify such an amputation? (Of course, one of the ethical dilemmas of apotemnophilia is whether or not doctors can perform these "elective" amputations... after all, the patient is clearly suffering, but the procedure is irreversible.) One of the patients interviewed on the program I saw described looking at herself in the mirror and being deeply disturbed by the "unnatural" attachment of her (healthy) leg. What I'm wondering, for the sake of conversation, is whether or not we experience these same kind of disturbances at the sight of non-corporeal attachments?