Inner passivity, a common characteristic of the human psyche, distorts our sense of self and binds us to a second-hand experience of ourself.
This psychological condition, which affects men and women equally, is much more than just our difficulty in standing up for our rights. It is a complex and mysterious aspect of our psyche, concealed beneath our feelings of being helpless, overwhelmed, and indecisive.
Inner passivity contributes to feelings of being defective or unworthy, and it is a factor in hundreds of symptoms, including anxiety, fear, anger, addictions, compulsions, procrastination, panic attacks, and depression.
The primary conflict in our psyche is between inner passivity and inner aggression. When we're entangled in inner passivity, we represent ourselves in a feeble manner on both an inner level (in terms of standing up to our inner critic) and on an outer level in our dealings with others. Our growing awareness of this conflict produces inner freedom, enhanced self-confidence, peace of mind, and happiness.
(Prospect Books Quality Paperback, 2002. 242 pages.)