Are emotional affairs failures of character or efforts to individuate?
When our positive projections land on a new person we often feel confused. Is it a betrayal to follow the arrow of Eros so long as our actions remain chaste?
Refusing to act out our fantasies even as we allow our imaginations to roam freely can be a formula for personal growth and self-knowledge.
We take a look at emotional affairs and imaginal affairs. Both are more common than you might think and can lead us into an experience of our own depths.
Here’s the dream we analyze:
“I was with my eldest child and my husband. We were in my old hometown. I suddenly felt an urge to visit an ex-boyfriend. I knew he was unwell even though I hadn’t spoken to him for many years—call it a sixth sense. I said to my husband and child, “We must go to his house as all is not well.” We got there and entered the house via the back door. My ex-boyfriend was sitting on his sofa, dressed in women’s clothes. He was dead.”
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