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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %REPRESSION OF KINDS OF HONEST DESCRIPTIONS 871214 Collusive and addictive repressions tend to lead to the repression of various kinds of honest descriptions of central human experiences. Collusive people can not be content with the repression of just one kind of emotionally threatening experiences; they compulsively tend to repress other experiences and descriptions which might remind them of the emotionally threatening experiences. Collusive/addictive people try to put out of mind those experiences and descriptions which remind them of that which so embarrasses them that they cannot honestly deal with the embarrassment. When you do not know how to deal with embarrassment with integrity, you try to avoid embarrassment through techniques of avoidance and repression. Such efforts at avoidance of embarrassment lead to repression of various kinds of behaviors which might remind the colluding addicts of that which embarrasses them. Addicts often have the feeling/belief that they have a right not to be embarrassed, and that others have a corresponding duty/obligation to avoid doing anything which might embarrass the addicts who exercise considerable power and influence. Informal laws are accepted which make it effectively illegal to embarrass the emotionally immature addicts. The collusive addicts can not bear to go through the embarrassment which would be entailed in getting such laws formalized, because in the process of debating the merits of the laws they would be embarrassed by reminders of the very experiences which the laws are intended to keep hidden from memory. It is absurd when one must violate the purpose of a law in order to pass the law in a formal way; the law must lack integrity! Under such circumstances it is important to examine the purpose of the desired law to see if the purpose has integrity! The repression of awareness of embarrassing experiences becomes expansive, and leads to the repression of any experiences and descriptions which remind powerful people of what embarrasses them. Such expansive repression is bound to lead to ignorance, confusion, prejudice, and illogical thought processes. It is important to deal with embarrassment in ways which promote open and honest dialogue regarding the reasons for the embarrassment; then people can be open and honest about their experiences, desires, motivations, fears, hopes, etc. Only then can both personal and communal integrity survive and grow. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================