Neurotic character interferes with your full experience of life, including your natural perception of emotions. You may think your problem is other people, but your primary problem is more likely your own “character.” Through your character, you adopt an unconscious way of acting that blocks your access to the true nature of your inner self, including hidden feelings that have been holding you back.
Character is like a mask that entangles you in a yoke of bondage. And it’s stuck on.
The truth of what’s underneath your mask is the truth that sets you free – only when you can truly experience it yourself, face it, and tolerate the intensity of the experience. Of course, the artificial aspect of your character is not all harmful. It serves a limited purpose. It helps you get along in some circumstances, but it gets in the way of your enjoying your life. It limits your full experience of life in work, in love, and in learning.
A character analyst reads emotional expression of the body. Moment by moment, your body expresses emotional shifts that are far more detailed than what people call “body language.” Some are extremely subtle. This is the wordless, biological language of living emotional expression. A character analyst reads these signs that are normally overlooked. These are the indications of where you block yourself.
Using this living data in the moment, therapist and patient work together to untangle the destructive, armored snarls of the emotions and attitudes that make up the energy underpinnings of your problem. Feedback from your therapist gives you the chance, bit by bit, to clear up whatever is blocking your full biological pleasure of living.
Suffering is the norm for humans. We all have armoring within us. Character analysis allows a person to address it and not run away or be blind to it. For each individual, there will be a unique approach to addressing their emotional armoring.
The basic problem is, everyone has some emotions they’re afraid of, so they’ve long-since armored themselves against knowing, feeling or expressing what goes on inside them.
Armor works by means of chronic defensive attitudes and defensive bodily tension.
Armor defends you against anxiety, but it also fends off thoughts, awareness, feelings, and even physical sensations, including the more intense experiences of sexuality.
Armor limits your experience of life, because it puts a lid on joy along with pain. Joy and pain get lost as if they’re a package deal.
Armor makes your life dull, unsatisfying, and unrewarding. Pleasures are lost. You become less expressive. Armor dulls your excitation and also your perception. Where therapy succeeds, these losses are reversed.
With character analysis, your organism is slowly relieved of its chronic armored contraction.
When you get into better contact with your true nature, biological changes occur in your body that allow you to pursue and enjoy life more fully, and to do so in accordance with your individual structure and unique capabilities.