Frederich Nietzsche: “That which doesn’t kill me…”

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Edvard Munch: Frederick Nietzsche

 Friedrich Nietzsche, in Twilight of the Idols (1888) wrote, “What does not kill me, makes me stronger.”   

Trauma theory suggests that this may not be so.

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4 Responses to Frederich Nietzsche: “That which doesn’t kill me…”

  1. I don’t know how big the scars are that trauma and life have left in their wake of things that haven’t killed me, but I do know scars have been left and I am a different person because of them. I can say that I continue to learn who that person is.

  2. I experienced a tremendous, destabilizing trauma six years ago.
    Suddenly, overnight, my entire life went into the wind when a deadly parasitic infection took hold.
    I have slowly recovered.
    My brain is functioning quite well now and my body, although in constant pain, (for which I accept no pharmceuticals) is stronger and more able than many can believe.
    It was not trauma which made me stronger. If anything it made me weaker.
    As a result of the trauma, however, I discovered the great well of strength I possessed.
    I am the same person, although i do still have to work to offset the inevitable strangeness of long isolation and I guess I’ve always been strange 🙂
    What I didn’t know, and now do, is I have also always been strong.
    Good luck with your work, with your project.
    I truly enjoy your contribitions to my life. Thank you.

  3. I’ve been thinking about this phenomenon recently. Trauma in childhood has been with me my entire life, but I experienced a traumatic event last year, and I feel very “changed” by it. I don’t feel like the same person. I just thought last night how death of loved ones has “disfigured” me. I don’t know if I agree with this slogan anymore, although I used to prior to last year’s experience, which I’m still in the midst of. Speaking off the cuff, it’s definitely made me more compassionate and softer, but I don’t know if stronger applies anymore. Maybe the collective unconscious has has enough to do with strength, and it’s time for something different for the world. I just read a Jung comment that said emotions are vital in transformation, and actually, impossible without them. And, part of my process recently has been in processing lots of difficult emotions.

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