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Conflict with "sub-personalities"

Now imagine a scene from modern life. A young girl is waiting to be picked up from school. Her mother turns up ten minutes late. How traumatic can that be? The adult conscious mind sees this situation as "no big deal". But that same afternoon, this girl saw, heard and felt the abject misery of a classmate whose parent had just died. As she's waiting, the thought occurs to her that her mother may have died. Her momentary wave of despair causes her to act out of character — not like herself — kicking up a terrible fuss. When her mother turns up, suddenly all is well. And the girl's unconscious mind makes an association: this behaviour is the way to keep her mother and herself alive. Something very not like herself has been written into her, as an improbable tool for survival.

Transpersonal psychologists refer to this as a subpersonality. The person has developed a special-purpose intelligence that comes to her "rescue" in any circumstance similar to the one that formed it.

When the girl grows up, she may find herself reacting with inexplicable fury whenever a colleague is late for a business appointment. She may not know why she responds this way. She knows it is unreasonable, unpleasant, and not at all helpful. And yet she feels powerless to stop it. Even after years of conventional therapy, she still feels trapped.

Is there a way out?