Today, I share a thought from someone whom I shall not name but it is someone I highly respect. The truth in the short statement is rather profound. Here it is:
“Somewhere someone lives with the memory of murdering Stacey. I wonder who that person is and how it is possible to just compartmentalize it.”
How does one subjugate to the unconscious such a vicious attack? How does one live with himself/herself and look in the mirror every day?
I’ll let you know who shared the above thought if I get permission.
Compartmentalizing may be the trend in neuroses. Most people will admit to setting something aside, not thinking about it, for a short period of time in order to stay focused on something else. It calls for mildly detaching from emotion or blocking feelings or thoughts. Along the spectrum it can lead to blocking thoughts with misuse or abuse of food, sex, alcohol. Farther along the spectrum are the self-rationalizations that give permission or justification to negative, dishonest and violent acts. The Stacey Burns killer is, I suspect, almost hard wired to rationalize and suppress self-honesty and allow rage to rule. Sad, scary and tragic.