Acceptance: Little girl lost, now being found…

” The ancient Greeks had two words for time: kronos, chronological time, and kairos, which is often translated as “the right time” and cannot be measured.

How a young woman lost her identity is an article I read in the New Yorker. In the article Barbara (mother of Hannah) said,

“I imagined her as having entered more fully into kairos—the appointed time, the fullness of time. There’s a suspension of certainty.”

I had never heard of this condition before, but it pretty much described parts of my childhood.

“Dissociative fugue, a rare condition in which people lose access to their autobiographical memory and personal identity, occasionally adopting a new one, and may abruptly embark on a long journey. The state is typically triggered by trauma—often sexual or physical abuse, a combat experience, or exposure to a natural disaster—or by an unbearable internal conflict. Philippe Tissié, one of the first psychiatrists to study fugue, characterized it as a kind of self-exile. In 1901, he wrote, ‘The legend of the Wandering Jew has become a reality, proved by numerous observations of patients or unbalanced persons who suffer from an imperious need to walk, on and on.'”

 

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