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Abstract

Depression has been described as an undeniable need for authentic self-expression. After having failed in relaying gentle reminders of increasing intensity, the unconscious mind responds to a wake-up call, which manifests itself as distress. Reaching out to others can provide a means of healing. Anne Sexton (1928–1975) was a prominent American poet and Pulitzer Prize—winner who specialized in what became known as the confessional style. She was successful throughout her career and became a renowned member of a close-knit literary community in Boston that included Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and W. D. Snodgrass. Sexton’s theatrical despair and insatiable thirst for attention made her a cult figure in the literary community. The cause of this reputation, however, reveals a deeply depressed suburban housewife, burdened by mental illness and suicidal behavior. Sexton’s psychiatrist encouraged her to write about her feelings as a way of helping other mentally disturbed persons. Oddly, the musings of an anguished woman in therapy became Pulitzer Prize—winning poetry.1

Keywords

Suicidal Behavior Rubber Vulcanization Vulcanization Process Unconscious Mind Lucrative Business 
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© Michael Szenberg and Lall Ramrattan 2014

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