Each time we express and release some of these painful feelings, we gain confidence in our ability to regroup after a period of emotional work in therapy. We being to allow ourselves to enter into this process more freely. Whether we are a CEO, teacher, mother, doctor, or student trying to maintain a challenging life full of responsibilities, we gradually discover that we will not have to drop out of our duties or pursuits in life to do this healing work. In fact, we recognize the enormous benefit of embarking on this path because we now glimpse greater feelings of aliveness and spontaneity. We begin to feel the reward of getting in touch with a truer experience of life.
-- Eleanor D. Payson, The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists, p. 86