read an interesting passage the other day:

“For those exposed to high levels of environmental (physical, nutritional, developmental, emotional) stressors since early childhood, it is the absence of stress that creates unease; to such persons stress feels desirable while the absence of it feels like something to be avoided”

to which I’d complementarily add that what happens perhaps matters less than how the individual relates to or makes sense of it

so I guess it’s as much from within as without

but makes me think of self-imposed pressure and self-sabotage as a compensatory mechanism, an actual comfort zone for those crippled with fear of trust and intimacy
(which is most of us?)


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