“No antidepressants were effective.. ..To find some relief she had to confront directly her feeling of emptiness with the understanding that she was yearning for something that would no longer proof satisfying.” – Mark Epstein. Awakening With Prozac. In: Psychotherapy Without The Self

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“There may be a deeply felt sense of unworthiness that attributes the loss of the other to the person’s own badness.” – emptiness functions as a kind of step beyond loneliness. Not only is the loved object missed and longed for, but there is an internal void and a feeling of an incapacity for love.

– Mark Epstein, Psychotherapy Without The Self p67