Category Archives: existential anxiety

Shame- The Atlantic Monthly

Scarlet LetterShame- The Atlantic Monthly

I came across this article on shame by Robert Karen in the bibliography of a presentation on narcissistic wounding and the part it plays in addiction. In his article, Karen includes the historical and social aspects of shame as well as the individual experience. He draws a distinction between “normal” and “pathological” shame.  “Pathological shame is an irrational sense of defectiveness, a feeling not of having crossed the boundary but of having been born there.”

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Nostalgia and Human Suffering

Nostalgia and Human Suffering

 

“You must always know the past, for there is no real WAS, there is only IS.”– William Faulkner. 

I had a spare moment and decided to take the time to create a more substantial blog post- this time on the topic of nostalgia.

 We need our memories to maintain a sense of self, to understand and shape our present and to project ourselves into the future.  And yet, memories are never factual.  They are a narrative co-created by ourselves and our world.  More and more, it seems, we are taught, as individuals and as a culture, to replace the reality that does exist in memory with nostalgia.

 

Nostalgia is defined as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.”  In this way, nostalgia is a longing for a home that never existed since no reality, past or present is wholly happy.  

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