A man like me cannot live without a hobby-horse, a consuming passion—in Schiller's words a tyrant. I have found my tyrant, and in his service I know no limits. My tyrant is psychology. —Sigmund Freud, 1895, in a letter to W. Fliess
quoted in "Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice: Skills, Strategies, and Techniques (Sommers-Flanagan, John;Sommers-Flanagan, Rita)"
I give you the Gestalt prayer, maybe as a direction. The prayer in Gestalt therapy is: I do my thing, and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations And you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, And if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped.
Gestalt Therapy Verbatim (Perls, Frederick (Fritz))
Oh, but it didn’t stop with the sweet Charlotte Brontë. She was just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve been in bed with many great women writers: Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Charlotte’s sisters Emily and Anne, Willa Cather, Maya Angelou, Nella Larson, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Radcylffe Hall, Dorothy Allison, Anne LaMott, Nancy Goldberg. Don’t worry, Ang knows all about my lustful escapades. Many is the night she was right there in bed with us, begging me to put the book down and turn out the light so she could get some sleep.
If You Were Me: The Memoir of a Mother Torn Between What's Right and What's Easy (Eden, Angela)