Thursday, June 08, 2006

Fantasies of Life

In each stage of our lives there are illusions to give up. Erik Eriksson lists down the following, which is quoted in Scott Peck's "The Road Less Travelled":

  1. The state of infancy, in which no external demands need be responded to

  2. The fantasy of omnipotence

  3. The desire for total possession of one's parents

  4. The dependency of childhood

  5. Distorted images of one's parents

  6. The omnipotentiality of adolescence

  7. The "freedom" of uncommitment

  8. The agility of youth

  9. The sexual attractiveness and/or potency of youth

  10. The fantasy of immortality

  11. Authority over one's children

  12. Various forms of temporal power

  13. The independence of physical health

  14. And, ultimately, the self and life itself.

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