No clear difference between psychopathology of self and psychopathology of world

This short passage is filled with astonishing insights, articulated so beautifully there is something palpable and acute that happens when I read it.

My practice tells me I can no longer distinguish clearly between neurosis of self and neurosis of world, psychopathology of self and psychopathology of world. Moreover, it tells me that to place neurosis and psychopathology solely in personal reality is a delusional repression of what is actually, realistically, being experienced. … [click on title to read and view more]

Champion of the psyche and renegade therapist

Therapy is set up to help the “disturbed.” Sometimes the psyche upsets us in order to allow us to go further…mental health care is thus misguided in that it tries to get rid of distress. We need to instead come to understand why the distress is there. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The right reaction to a symptom might be a welcoming rather than laments and demands for remedies

Because symptoms lead to soul, the cure of symptoms may also cure away soul, get rid of just what is beginning to show, at first tortured and crying for help, comfort, and love, but which is the soul in the neurosis trying to make itself heard, trying to impress the stupid and stubborn mind—that impotent mule which insists on going its unchanging obstinate way. The right reaction to a symptom may as well be a welcoming rather than laments and demands for remedies, for the symptom is the first herald of an awakening psyche which will not tolerate any more abuse. … [click on title for the rest of the post]