Ego State Therapy

I just finished re-reading “Ego State Therapy” by Gordon Emmerson, PhD and wanted to share this paragraph with you:

“It is feelings that define us as human. Feelings touch our souls and bring richness to life. When a part of our psyche is injured, traumatized, and frail, we avoid it and hide from it. We learn to live a task-orientated, detached existence. To paste a coping skill on the surface of an injured personality is to further remove that person emotionally from self. The further we are removed from our beautiful child states, which are able to feel deeply, which are able to feel love and wonder, the more like a robot or computer we become. We learn to function and go on, but do we learn to live more richly? Improving mental health is being able to re-enter that fragile center part and feel deeply.”

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