By M.J. Payne, Author, The Remembered Self: A Journey into the Heart of the Beast
THE REMEMBERED SELF is the story of my mysterious amnesia regarding big chunks of my childhood. I was the bookworm with no friends and no lunch who wandered the playground in isolation. I had recurrent nightmares of the same gorilla chasing me up a rickety structure and I always fell and never landed. This was the divided self I lived with. It was not until I graduated from college and had a year of graduate school that I didn’t recognize the face in the mirror. A slow leak of intrusive memories began. The floodgate opened after a brief ugly marriage and I almost drowned. Forbidden memories of graphic terror engulfed me and I recalled things I feared I could never tell anyone.
Telling is important. It is a bridge out of isolation. I remember sitting…
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