Mr. and Mrs. Baxter’s house is a structure standing three stories high, but the ground floor is entirely open for parking, so basically it’s a two-story structure on stilts. In this metaphor, the Baxters live only on the top floor, the third story. They use the second story below them for storage and utilities. The windows at the top where they live don’t open and are hard to wash, but they just keep them covered. They have a massive telescope and would both rather look at the heavens than the neighborhood anyway.
Structure and Personality
People, too, structure the interior spaces in their bodies in their own individual ways, though it happens unconsciously. Mr. Baxter is most heavily armored in the eyes. He lives in his head, is sometimes “out of it,” and understands life mystically. His body structure is somewhat like his house, head in another world, not much activity in his chest with breathing, and more open in his pelvis and legs.
Mrs. Baxter also has prominent ocular armor. She gets disoriented, picks up other people’s feelings and is afraid of people. When they argue, it can be a yelling fight that finds no resolution. Yet they’re both quite alive, have an exciting sexual relationship, and love the intimacy of their private retreat. Nearly all people have ocular armor today, but for both of the Baxters it’s the primary feature of their emotional structure.
People’s emotional lives are defined and limited by the blocking of energy in their bodies. That is, their characters are determined by their biopsychic structures. These character structures are the basis of emotional disorders and need to be the focus of therapy for emotional disturbance if it’s to be lastingly effective. Adults’ troubles come more from inside their bodies than from the outside world.