My favorite definition of neurosis
A more roundabout way of saying it is: “some profound energy or value has been repressed, pathologized, and is now reasserting its will upon us. Whenever we force ourselves to do what is against our nature’s intent, we will suffer anxiety attacks, depressions, or addictions to anesthetize the pain of this inner dislocation.” – James Hollis
Other neurosis definitions:
“Neurosis is the flight from authentic suffering.” – Jung
“Neurosis is symptomatic of a reduced vision of life, a worldview of insufficient amplitude.” – James Hollis
“A neurosis is often a rebellion of an unconscious psyche against forces which it perceives as threatening to its specific nature.” – June Singer
Jung said our neuroses are forms of suffering that have not yet found their meaning.
“Is not our chief neurosis – by which I mean our estrangement from nature – our desire to hold fast to what is forever transforming, to freeze the familiar, to submit motion to stasis, to solicit immortality through rigidity.” – James Hollis
Don’t forget to rock your neurosis.
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