Quotation by Adam Phillips

As a medium of exchange,... worrying regulates intimacy, and it is often an appropriate response to ordinary demands that begin to feel excessive. But from a modernized Freudian view, worrying—as a reflex response to demand—never puts the self or the objects of its interest into question, and that is precisely its function in psychic life. It domesticates self-doubt.
Adam Phillips, British child psychoanalyst. "Worrying and Its Discontents," in On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored, p. 58, Harvard University Press (1993).
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