The Too Much and the Too Little

Adam Phillips, “On Frustration”:

“…this is the story Freud wants to tell; about how the indidvidual’s fate is bound up with what he can make out of frustration…If we don’t feel frustration, we don’t need reality…But it seems as though it is all the wrong kinds of frustration that makes our lives what they are; that so much depends on what each of us makes of the too much and the too little we get…When it comes to wanting is there liberating knowledge of what is possible?”

This is also what squares mean in a person’s astrological chart. What one can make out of frustration.

Teaching Moonstruck today and relating it to the question of productive frustration in love. Why we need to be frustrated before we can love.

Crossposted with Love Dog.

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