“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief…”
“…that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” In recovery meetings they say that a person who thinks they are different suffers from “terminal uniqueness.” We also like to see people like this as narcissistic. This to me is a perfect expression of the tension of the opposites in our culture. On the one hand, as James Hillman said, we are put here as “acorns,” to grow into the Oak tree that only we can be. No one can be like us.
But one of the things we are taught in therapy and other places is that we are not any different than anyone else. Where do these messages come from and what are the ramifications of them both?
When I want to say I am like others I…
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