Excerpt About Anxiety

Overwhelming Anxiety Can Arise from the Loss of Contact with Being
Developmental psychologies usually attribute such overwhelming anxiety in early childhood to physical or psychological trauma. Kernberg, for instance, believes that the anxiety is primarily due to negative introjections; and that is why defenses, especially splitting, are needed … there is clearly truth in this, but it does not take into consideration that overwhelming anxiety can be generated from the loss of contact with Being, or that it can lead to the loss of Being. In the latter case the result is that the early defensive nature of the ego is understood to serve not only the defense against the overwhelming anxiety, but to also ward off the experience of loss of Being that generates the anxiety. This in effect leads to the building of identification systems that eventually become barriers against the experience of Being.

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