Friday, October 21, 2011

Guilt and Paranoia

"Paranoia, especially when expressed as delusions of persecution, can also be explained by the idea of an unconscious punisher. Unconscious guilt, the feeling that I am bad or evil, is accompanied by an unconscious feeling that bad people deserve to be punished and will get what they deserve. I then project onto others an intent to punish me. I have projected my unconscious punisher onto “them,” and it is now “they” who are after me. The “they” in the delusions are often authority figures of one sort or another. Unless we can locate and become conscious of our guilt, we cannot deal with the underlying cause of our paranoia."
—Pennington & Staples, The Guilt Cure, pg. 30.

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