LIVING AND LEARNING: THE CORONAVIRUS AND YOU
None of us would ever imagine that one day we would be living in a global situation in which we are all at the mercy of an invisible and uncontrollable danger that can attack us when we do not even expect, coming from where we least expect and without warning. It looks like science fiction, yet it is reality.
It's understandable that it takes us a long time to realize that it is real, that is, that there is a threat and that we need to act, where “acting” corresponds to avoiding that action to which we are so used. “To act” today in favor of our physical health is to stop making the life we created for ourselves and, above all, to leave the house!
The symbolism is striking.
We, the society par excellence of extroversion, of living running all day outside the house, taking care of what is out of the house, of being at home thinking and organizing ourselves when we will be out of the house ... We, to protect ourselves from a potentially lethal virus, we need to go home and stay there. In the worst of circumstances, a constant and repeated call of psychoanalysis materializes: turn inward. The great C. G. Jung is one of the most cited aphorisms in the digital world: “Who looks outside, dreams; whoever looks inside, wakes up ", which is the end of the following sentence:" Your vision will become clear only when you look inside your heart. Who looks outwards dreams; whoever looks inside, awakens. ”
Whoever arrives at the psychoanalytic office is because they have tried to distract themselves from the problem, escape from it, rationalize it, deny it, circumvent it, minimize it. And it was not successful. The psychoanalytic practice is the portal of “looking inside”, of that interior house that is uninhabited, that has been abandoned to rats and that haunts us through symptoms such as depression, anxiety, obsession, restlessness, lack of purpose and concentration.
To turn inward is to turn to the psyche, whose first metaphor is in that image that we all know as "the heart". Look into our hearts. What did we find?
Why is it so difficult to do something that looks at least "romantic", since "heart" is such a beautiful idea? There must be a (good) reason, isn't there? Everyone, absolutely all of us, knows what it is: because in our heart there are things we don't want to see, words we don't want to hear, realities we don't want to recognize.
And a virus arrives. And a threat arrives that embraces all humans on the planet. And we are all called to stay at home. Each with his heart. Each with their ghosts. Each with its shadow. While nature rejoices, breathing happily without the boastful and selfish human presence, while birds can fly back into clearer skies, fish return to dance in the waters and animals, in general, take a vacation from the worst of their representatives, the species human, we humans are relegated to withdraw.
We can use this time, indefinite for now, for many things, but there is only one certainty: we will not be able to escape from us, to distract ourselves from ourselves. The internet plays the role of the outside world, but it is filled with all sorts of confusing and scary messages. In order to maintain mental health, you must not only have good sense and critical sense but also give yourself time limits to get in contact with such contamination.
This is the time to read, be with you, resolve disputes with the people we live with. It is a time of reflection that includes observing how we feel, learning to discern our emotions, sensations, feelings, intuitions. Write down our dreams, inquire into our depths. Learning to listen: to the internal nature, and then, perhaps, also to the external one.