When psychological symptoms hit hard, like a Mac truck running straight into the center of your gut, then we can be sure that the self is in trouble. The New York Times article,  The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/magazine/the-problem-with-how-we-...),  dramatizes a woman's struggle with bipolar disorder and how she came to see that more than medication intervention, she needed help for her diseased sense of self. A diseased sense of self slams us with symptoms aplenty---depression, anxiety, substance abuse, sexual disorders, unending relational conflict!

After years of hospitalization, drugs, this woman finally confronted the psychological reality of the self. By turning within, acknowledging personal demons and what they have to convey through the antics they spring into our lives, we begin the process of true healing. Hospitals and drugs, not ends in themselves, only help to the degree that they facilitate the process of inner healing.

Patient soul searching in the company of a depth psychotherapist sheds light into dark realms of mind. A sincere woman expressed it wisely, "During hypomanic states I thought I was seeing so clearly and doing so much. Then, I'd crash and my mind would break into a million pieces. Once I stopped the running, and found someone to take the journey with me, I discovered things about myself and my life I didn't like and had to change. I'd been running for years. I'd run and crash and run and crash---that's bipolar disorder. Now, I watch myself. I start gearing up and I know it's time to go slow and turn inside, listen to what I need to hear and learn about myself."

Dark states of mind are loaded with healing potential. Depression, substance abuse, sexual disorders, relational conflicts really are gifts. They come to say, "You're unhappy for a reason. Take some time, look inside, discover what you need to so as to make the changes you need to." C.G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, William James, the great fathers of depth psychology, would bid us onward into deep realms of psyche and there come to terms with the fact that running from self ends in "breaking into a million pieces"; whereas, coming face to face with self offers the chance to unwrap the gift life has presented us.

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Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on August 23, 2013 at 10:34am


Good to hear from you and thank you for your comment. I agree..this really resonates with Hollis and the appointment with the Self...the Self in need of consistent, ongoing attention, devotion!

Comment by Mark Sipowicz on August 23, 2013 at 8:50am

Great evocative post...running from the Self and the psycho-somatic consequences. Reminds me of Hollis speaking of the urgent need to keep our appointment with the Self. For some of us it is a persistent and nagging longing that wakes us at 3 or 4 in the morning, that reminds us eventually of the appointment missed. For others and those of us that put off the appointment too long, it is the Mac truck and the other psychic eruptions of the unconscious that have been buried in shadow too long, finally breaking onto the scene. Great post Paul, really illuminating the cry and dis-ease of Self when left unattended.

Comment by Angelino Tuksar on August 23, 2013 at 1:59am

I truly enjoy reading and relating to these soul touching posts. :)

Comment by Mr. Jeffery J. Rahn on April 28, 2013 at 3:17pm

beautiful. well stated.

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