Toxic Nourishment

Toxic Nourishment

Toxic Nourishment

Toxic Nourishment

Synopsis

A profound look at the origins of patient's maladies and the way they lead their lives. The author describes the analyses leading to de-programing these patients from their toxins and intoxicators. The spirits of Bion, Winnicott, and Lacan grace the text.

Excerpt

Emotional nourishment and poisons can be so interwoven that it is difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference between them. The problem can be so extreme that nourishment one needs to support life is toxic or, worse, one learns to extract what nourishment one can from poisons at hand.

The problem is social as well as personal. We are flooded by cultural and political toxins. Emotional poisons pervade television, movies, the written word, political posturing, economic produce. We are used to foraging for bits of nourishment in abundant waste. The other side of plenty is that we are inundated by good things, too. We are, simultaneously, contaminated and uplifted by nourishing and toxic aspects in the stream of events.

Individuals seek psychotherapy when cumulative toxins threaten to overwhelm their sense of life's goodness. At one pole, there are individuals who perceive life's dangers and want help negotiating them. They have a clear-headed sense of poisons and goods of the world but are aware that destructive tendencies in themselves may lead to fatal miscalculation. At crucial junctures, they do something to damage themselves and begin to wonder if . . .

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