Possession and Mental Health
Possession is a vital psychological concept. It refers to an inner, personal sense of well being.
The Coronavirus is a traumatic human experience of sudden losses of possession.
Losses of possession during this time not only pertains to physical health. It forces unwanted effects on a wide variety of our needs as humans.
The pandemic adds a serious toll as well on the emotional or mental health, economic security, and social stability of our ourselves, families, and societies.
During the early days of the lockdown, I’ve witnessed people fainting, stalling out, and losing control. Some have a tantrum, go into rage or tears, and even commit suicide.
Since the Coronavirus has caused excessive, sudden losses, emotional shock results.
It’s known in therapy that emotional shock often results in overdrawing on the emotional reserve.
A person in shock then must recover possession if he is to resume normalcy.
Losses of possession are cumulative in the unconscious mind. Continuous loss can spoil the game with helplessness or hopelessness for the vulnerable and less resilient.
Psychotherapy addresses more deeply the effects of these losses of possession in one’s personality and outlook in life.