'All the stories are true.'
'All the stories are true.'
There is no one more logical than the lunatic, more concerned with the minutiae of cause and effect. Madmen are the greatest reasoners we know, and that trait is one of the accompaniments of their undoing. All their vital processes are shrunken into the mind. What is the one thing they lack that san
Neurosis has three interdependent aspects. In the first place it refers to people who are having trouble living with the truth of existence; it is universal in this sense because everybody has some trouble living with the truth of life and pays some vital ransom to that truth. In the second plac
Now the dread of possibility holds him as its prey, until it can deliver him saved into the hands of faith. In no other place does he find repose he who went through the curriculum of misfortune offered by possibility lost everything, absolutely everything, in a way that no one has lost it in reali
Too much possibility is the attempt by the person to overvalue the powers of the symbolic self. It reflects the attempt to exaggerate one half of the human dualism at the expense of the other. In this sense, what we call schizophrenia is an attempt by the symbolic self to deny the limitations of the
Perls conceived the neurotic structure as a thick edifice built up of four layers. The first two layers are the everyday layers, the tactics that the child learns to get along in society by the facile use of words to win ready approval and to placate others and move them along with him: these are
Freud's greatest discover, the one which lies at the root of psychodynamics, is that the great cause of much psychological illness is the fear of knowledge of oneself-of one's emotions, impulses, memories, capacities, potentialities, of one's destiny. We have discovered that fear of knowledge of one
This is why a woman asks for assurance that the man wants "me" and not "only my body"; she is painfully conscious that her own distinctive inner personality can be dispensed with in the sexual act. If it is dispensed with, it doesn't count. The fact is that the man usually does want only the body, a
Man has a symbolic identity that brings him sharply out of nature. He is a symbolic self, a creature with a name, a life history. He is a creator with a mind that soars out to speculate about atoms and infinity, who can place himself imaginatively at a point in space and contemplate bemusedly his ow
Those who have bad early experiences will be most morbidly fixated on the anxiety of death; and if by chance they grow up to be philosophers they will probably make the idea a central dictum of their thought-as did Schopenhauer, who both hated his mother and went on to pronounce death the "muse of p
The hero was the man who could go into the spirit world, the world of the dead, and return alive. He had his descendants in the mystery cults of the Eastern Mediterranean, which were cults of death and resurrection. The divine hero of each of these cults was one who had come back from the dead.
- mankind's common instinct for reality...has always held the world to be essentially a theater for heroism - we like to be reminded that our central calling, our main task on this planet, is the heroic - one of the key concepts for understanding man's urge to heroism is the idea of narcissism - Fre
Becker's philosophy as it emerges in Denial of Death and Escape from Evil is a braid woven from four strands. The first strand The world is terrifying. Becker's account of nature has little in common with Walt Disney. Mother Nature is a brutal bitch, red in tooth and claw, who destroys what she cr