I wrote this a while back and then it fell into forgetting but what Lowen says of fear of insanity seems pervasive in our culture.. we loose touch with primal emotions and then they can come to be seen as enemies.
Another emotion which Lowen addresses in his work of healing those from disturbed childhood is that of horror. Lowen contrasts a feeling of horror that a child will experience witnessing violence or endless fights with a sense of terror which would associate to more life threatening events such as accidents. When a child sees parents acting in a hostile way to each other or even to the child, a child cannot make sense of it and they may then assume the blame. Lowen argues that many prisoners of childhood possess an unconscious fear of insanity, really what they come to see as insane are the strong feelings that they had to repress in a climate of lack of insensitivity to feeling, empathy or horror.
Sense and sanity go together. Actions don’t always have to make sense. There is room in our minds for nonsense. But with nonsense, we know…
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