Bert’s therapy (#18): Unstable

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So tell me.

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When did you start…

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…having mood swings?

 

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Unable to face his pain and the anger to which it gives rise, the neurotic individual strives to overcome his fears, anxieties, hostilities, and anger.  One part of himself seeks to rise above another, which splits the unity of his being and destroys his integrity.  The neurotic individual struggles to win over himself.  In this, of course, he must fail.

Failure seems to mean submission to an unacceptable fate, but actually it amounts to self-acceptance, which makes change possible.  To the degree to that most people in Western culture are struggling to be different, they are neurotic.  And since this is a fight one can’t win, all who engage in this struggle will fail.  Strangely, through the acceptance of failure, we become free from our neurosis.

Alexander Lowen, Fear of Life.

 

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