"Despair is the only cure for illusion." ––Alexander Lowen
People get trapped in despair when their despair is incomplete, when some thread of illusory hope is still retained. Without despair we cannot transfer our allegiance to reality–it is a kind of mourning period for our fantasies. Some people do not survive this despair, but no major change within a person can occur without it. (Phillip Slater, Earthwalk, 1974)
Despair is incomplete when we still believe in the possibility of an illusion.