Monday, March 23, 2009


Desensitization is ugly, both in life and in fiction. We want to avoid it if possible; we want to set guardrails around our hearts to prevent it from gaining access.

But we are also human. We make mistakes. Warning signs are ignored; proper guardrails are weakened or completely missing. So while we prefer the prevention of desensitization, that isn’t always possible. However, repair is possible. We can re-sensitize.

Is that easy? No. Will the measures seem drastic? Probably. But drastic measures are needed when a potentially fatal disease takes over the body.

Think of desensitization as the cancer of the heart. Cancer can grow quickly and spread. Treatments include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, depending on the type of cancer and how far it has spread.

Likewise, desensitization can grow fast and can spread to different areas of our lives. So the treatment will be aggressive and sometimes a long process, depending on the type of desensitization and how far it has spread. But in the long run, you’ll be healthier for it.

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