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Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis by Michael Eigen

03/14/2020 02:22:37 PM


“Consciousness is hard to support. Bion brings out how intensity of experience is hard to support. Psychic life is hard to support... We have evolved unevenly. We evolved in such a way that we can have experiences of great intensity but lack the equipment to support them. Our experiential products are ahead of ability to digest them. It is as if what our personality produces is too much for us. Our experiential capacity is too much for us, too much for itself…”

“The problem of lacking support for our experiential capacity marks a more general difficulty than pinning our problems on sex or aggression, although the latter are not problem free. We need to meditate on our insufficiency in the face of our own capacities rather than blame one or another of the latter for our problems. Blaming sex and aggression distracts us from the unevenness of our evolution, our not knowing what to do with ourselves. We seem to have a blaming propensity that is contagious: it is your fault, it is my fault, it is its fault, assigning simplified causality when situations are imponderably complex and tangled. Maybe it is just us and our particular unevenness of evolution that we cannot take too much of. We have to learn how to partner ourselves, even if it takes thousands of years…”

From Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis by Michael Eigen.


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