Our dark side

Maureen Anderson reflects on coming to terms with our demons

'It does seem to me that our purpose here on earth is to learn to control our dark side...' | Photo: Pam Corey / flickr CC.

Talking with a friend I mentioned that, as a Quaker, I was aware of my dark side. She was confused and disturbed. To me it is self-evident. Faced in my early twenties with a situation that threatened my very identity and which left me bipolar, I have some insight into my dark side. Under stress, my brain now churns out fantasies. I am unable to stop the flow without the aid of medication. I normally function as a rational, caring and creative person and regard my brain aberrations as only a part of my core being.

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