The Surprising Root of Manic Character Patterns
Kathryn Levison, BA
How can an upbeat person have a gloomy undercurrent to their otherwise personable nature? Why would someone who’s “always happy and productive” suddenly turn irritable but then shift back to their usual cheerful self? And who wouldn’t feel steamrollered and sad when someone or something dear to their heart is suddenly and unexpectedly stripped away? Drawing on psychoanalyst Nancy McWilliams’ theories, two classic concepts from Freud and Jung, and her own personal experiences, Kathryn Levison offers an answer that is both surprising and surprisingly logical.