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Otto Rank pointed out the eternal conflict between progression and regression as throughout life we struggle between merging and separating. Generally, individuating is seen as progressive, while merging is regressive.

In the case of Brexit though, these polarities are reversed. Leaving is being sold as ‘progressive’ while staying in this flawed family is regressive. However, scratch the surface and you’ll quickly find that leaving has its core appeal to the older voter, many wishing to turn the clock back to an imaginary time when all were white, the church bells pealed and the tea-shoppe was just along the road.

This place never existed in reality – except as tourist venues – where fantasy can be indulged as at Disney. If we choose leave rather than working through issues within our flawed family we will wake up to a reality with little thatch or scones in sight…

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As a psychologist, psychotherapist and research practitioner of 40 years, I've had the benefit of the experiences of more than 100,000 people around the world. They've talked about their daily lives, hopes, fears, ambitions and needs. These experiences have helped me to contribute to innovations from Beds in Business and the Fast Track for airlines to television drama and online communities. Specialties:Large groups, facilitation, application of psychological theories to commercial issues