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Marion Woodman on the fear as the origin of compulsion

Posted by rigorousm on November 25, 2014

The underlying fear of life and fear of abandonment is only minimally concealed and the frightened ego is in constant danger of being swamped by the unknown forces that may sweep in from outside or from the unconscious. On that weak foundation is constructed a rigid superstructure based on collective values — discipline, efficiency,duty. The energy that wants to flow into creating, living, playing, is forced to find its outlet in blind compulsions.

— Marion Woodman, “Ascent to the Goddess,” Addiction to Perfect: the still unravished bride, p 85.

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