Chapter 7

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THE MYTH OF THE LABYRINTH

KLEIN’S ARCHAIC OEDIPUS COMPLEX AND ITS POSSIBLE RELATIONSHIP TO THE MYTH OF THE LABYRINTH

An aged patient who was contemplating his own death said, “You know, when a person begins to die, they say that they suddenly see themselves at the last moment as they really are and always were—underneath the disguises and garb of their character and posturing. It’s like Paul’s ‘First Letter to the Corinthians,’ ‘Now through a glass darkly, then face to face.’ Until then we are trapped in our labyrinth of deceit, but we don’t realize it until that last moment.” What he said haunted and inspired me, offering me a rare ...

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