psychic shock


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psychic shock

Shock due to excessive fear, joy, anger, or grief.
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Rieger calls it the self-criticism of the reformulated self; one wonders if there is not also a mixture of guilt and pathos in recognizing our own complicity in the suffering of migrant laborers, homeless women, and the 35,000 needless deaths of children worldwide each day--a psychic shock treatment awakening us to reality.
Sometimes saying less is better, "because too much of an explanation is useless in times of psychic shock," adds Dr.