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April 19, 2012


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Dani G.

Fear of money - it doesn't have to be a necessary evil. You don't have to love it to like it, and what it can do for you. Why do creatives often think they are selling their souls when they get paid for creating? It's a strange sort of hubris, and it is also a psychological trap.


Oh, that's a good one, Dani! I'm adding it to the list!
Personally, I'm just the opposite: If $$ *isn't* part of the deal, I have to sit back and think hard about the whys and wherefores of writing whatever I'm writing. Maybe because, all my life, I've been a scribbler for cash. Time = Money (I'll admit it, I'm sooooo crass!) And I *love* putting checks in the back account and feeling like I can pay those bills and still buy a Peet's latte when I'm done. :-)

Mary Anna

Fear of death?
Fear of pain?
Fear of having one's secrets exposed?

Camille Minichino

I love the idea of a mental jailbreak!

Fear of isolation. I freak out if there's too much space around me.


Your post reminded me of a poem, perhaps The Prisoner of Chillon by Lord Byron, to the effect that the only real prison is the mind.


Mental illness(es)
Fear of the unknown
Fear of change
Fear of persecution
Fear of sobriety
Punishment (internal and external)
Irrational/erroneous belief (sometimes shared)
Expectations (greater and lesser, internal and external)
Control (losing, or a lack thereof)


Wow! The list is growing... and now we have a poem by Lord Byron about prisons--both mental and physical--as well! Here's the link to Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon."
Thank you, all.
Does anyone have suggestions for busting down these (mental) prison walls?


A refuge is suggested by Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place.

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