Dr. Gisela Schwarz

Systemische Psychotherapeutin


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The Chrysalis


For a caterpillar to become a butterfly, it must enclose itself with a chrysalis. But what goes on inside the caterpillar is fascinating. The immune system of the caterpillar starts to destroy everything that had been a caterpillar, including the digestive system, because the butterfly will not eat the same food as the caterpillar. And once the butterfly, still half paralyzed succeeds in breaking open the chrysalis, you see it there, it´s glistening wings all stuck together. You wonder whether or not it will make it. Just when you have given up hope of ever seeing it flutter it wings, it suddenly takes flight.

From “The Epistomology of Complexity” in Dora Fried Schnitman, New Paradigms, Culture and Subjectivy, Cresskill, N.J. Hampton Press