This is the time of year when we all want to go home. Even if our childhood home no longer exists, the idea of going home and finding our place of origin, of sharing memories and making new ones is powerful.
In the UK, where the light dims to the shortest day, the sensation of wanting to hibernate with our nearest and dearest grows strong. The older I get the more I believe that there is a biological as well as psychological drive to most of what happens to us and how we feel at times like this is prompted by that.
One of the most overlooked problems facing rejected parents is, in my view, the way in which the biological drive to take care of their children is blocked and how that, in return sets up a fight/flight response which triggers the sympathetic nervous system to full alert.
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