Dying in Three Acts III

Tony Robert Cochran

Act III

Prelude

This, the final act, I have found the hardest to write. It leaves a radical openness, and it ends in a painful yet remarkable recovery. A recovery into a world of flesh, bone, stress, bills, home, relationships, bureaucracy, social decay and death. Throughout the two weeks before I fell so ill that I knew I had to call emergency services, I had suicidal thoughts. Where is my life going? What am I doing at 33? Who am I? Erik Erikson, renowned scholar, development psychologist and psychoanalyst famously divided life into nine stages. The first four focus on life between birth and about 12. They are dialectical, in the sense that two options are available, and that certain requirements are needed to progress to the next stage of development. For example, in stage five, roughly 12-18 (although it widely agreed that this stage can continue into…

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