Regression

Regression

re⋅gres⋅sion

/rɪˈgrɛʃən/ [ri-gresh-uhn]

–noun

1. the act of going back to a previous place or state; return or reversion.
2. retrogradation; retrogression.
3. Biology. reversion to an earlier or less advanced state or form or to a common or general type.
4. Psychoanalysis. the reversion to a chronologically earlier or less adapted pattern of behavior and feeling

I don’t know when it happened, or how. I didn’t think it would even happen again; I had thought things had taken a turn for the better. But then I suppose I should have known better, for a leopard never changes its spots. And now I am back in that place, that repressive place I had wallowed in for two and a half months before, in which I wake up every morning desperately trying to summon the will to go to work — and indeed, sometimes, the will to live altogether.

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