Friday, October 31, 2008

Neurosis

The most common way to avoid existential pain of problems is to practise some form of self-deceit that may be termed a neurosis.

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering. — Carl Jung.

Carl Jung's quote implies that there is suffering that is useful, healthy even, that there is something to learn through it. Neurosis impedes our learning.

There are two types of neurosis, ego alien and ego syntonic.

Alien neurosis means that the patient recognizes it as stupid and inefficient and wants to get rid of it.

Syntonic means that the patient thinks it is normal, healthy even friendly and that the problem is with the world. Another term for this is "character disorder".

Neurosis can be viewed as disorders of responsibility. One sees that all of the responsibility lies with him, the other puts the blame on the world.

There is a pain involved in discerning where our boundaries and responsibilities lie. A neurotic avoids this pain by automatically blaming herself or the world.

The work of psychotherapy is for us to face the realities of this world. To face the pain. With discipline all problems can be solved. Unfortunately, some avoid the pain of discipline.

A person unwilling to be cured is one who is unwilling to dethrone his/her ego to a higher power, even if that power is labeled "life" or "reality".


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