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Response To The Article "Finding Light In The Dark"

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In our psychology class we were asked to read the short story "Finding Light in the Dark". The story is about a young man named Jack Kornfield who loses his sight early on in life. Although at first he struggles with his handicap, he begins to discover the benefits of not having sight. Overtime Jack learns that in many ways his loss of sight was more of a blessing then a curse. Jack's situation is a demonstration of the psychological process of loss and revival and the process that people go through to recovery.After Jack lost his vision he felt overcome with grief and anguish. At one point Jack recalls moments when he felt as if there was a void within which seemed to fill him with despair and feelings of hopelessness. These feelings were a result from his own belief that without his sight, he could never be the person he once was.These feelings and beliefs are not uncommon among those who have suffered a traumatic, life-altering tragedy. Like Jack, many people who lose their sight experience feelings of being incomplete or flawed. In Jack's case, when he lost his sight he felt as if there was some type of void within him. Often times this belief will negatively affect the development of the individual's self-conception.Like most people who just lose their vision, Jack focused primarily on what he had lost rather then what he still had. It was because of this, he became not only blinded physically, but emotionally as well. He became so focused on the negative aspects of his disability that he could no longer see the senses that he still had.However, it was at this point when some instinct caused Jack to change his course. He began to look more closely, not at things but at a world closer to himself from an inner place to one further within. He began focusing not on what he had lost, but on what he still had. Slowly Jack began to take his first steps on the road to recovery.By focusing on what he had rather then what he had lost, Jack was able to find light within him. It was this light that gave jack the confidence to overcome his disability, and the gratitude to appreciate the senses that he still had. Jack explains that overtime he began to feel light. And it was this light that helped him to embrace life.But with joy came light, so did darkness with anger. Jack found that when he became anxious or upset, the light would fade. He realized that he could not afford to be jealous or unfriendly, because, as soon as he was, a bandage would come down over his eyes, causing him to be blind, both emotionally and physically.Before long Jack began to stop trying to "see" and began learning to trust his instincts. An example is when...

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