Tuesday, March 16

love & hate

”The ambivalence exposed so vividly by sexual jealousy – that where we love we always hate, and vice versa – has something important to tell us about the complexity of our emotional lives. I such extremes, apparently opposed feelings are always present – why else would we hate if love wasn’t somewhere involved? You can be frustrated only by someone you need – then we need to be attentive when these strong feelings seem to be mutually exclusive, when love takes over so you can’t find the hate, and vice versa.”

Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor, On Kindness, p. 61.

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