psychic shock


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psychic shock

Shock due to excessive fear, joy, anger, or grief.
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Although Van Gogh had suffered self-mutilation and psychic shock, his therapeutic painting is surprisingly concentrated, calm, and composed.
YOU ARE in a state of psychic shock at the moment because of the cruel blow life has dealt you - but believe me there is light at the end of the tunnel!
(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.) Having first turned to our exploited fellow human beings, we may find there a God awaiting us who is a God of self-emptying love and mercy (Rieger could use the term kenosis) who has the power to change us all.