“Behind every criticism is a wish.”
– Esther Perel
The quotation comes from Esther Perel’s podcast “Where Should We Begin?” which currently features couples in lockdown. Something about the words resonates with me, although I’m not immediately able to explain why.
I have witnessed how anger masks disappointment, frustration, or even grief, but criticism. I hadn’t thought of criticism masking a wish. This calls for more introspection.
Meanwhile, I invite you to join me this week in considering how the concept of ‘behind’ plays out in your own life. I present one interpretation of the word, and naturally, there are many others.
Look forward to your responses.
To participate, create a post on your own site and link back here, either by copying the url to this post and creating a link, or by dropping the address to your post in the comments. All creative efforts are welcome – serious, humorous, written, photographic, and so on.