Anxiety Sinks

A Steve Geske thought.  As relevant today as nine years ago when he wrote it.

I have thought that violence is not simply a cause of chronic anxiety but also an outlet for chronic anxiety. Societies need “anxiety sinks” (like a heat sink) to serve as “sponges” to soak up chronic anxiety. This is what Edwin Friedman referred to as “displacement issues.” If violence and war is a “sponge” for chronic anxiety (albeit a source of episodic anxiety) and it is declining, I would expect chronic anxiety to rise. As Carl Jung said, “We can be thankful for enemies.”

Peace and Courage.

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