Enter Dr. Julie Carbery, an adolescent and child psychotherapist, who has seen and heard it all in her twelve years of family practice. "What's going on is freedom. Freedom is cocaine to a teenager. It's intoxicating. It's addictive. And it is often their biggest motivator. They will do anything to get it, and they are terrified of losing it."
"Inner freedom is like declaring bankruptcy; what a feeling it is to be removed from all that debt, worry, and hounding from the creditor consciousness."
"Chasing Freedom is like looking for the end of a rainbow. It's an optical illusion and there's nothing really there. You already have it and if you don't, the only thing really constraining you is your own thinking."
"Defining freedom is like capturing a snake: the snake sheds its skin, and we are left with the relic of her trickery as a souvenir of our aspiration. There was no god or goddess of freedom in any ancient mythology, only a belated Roman statue of Libertas, which caused many cultural scandals throughout the centuries "
"Freedom is like the wind. You can't know it exists until it runs up against something. We only experience the wind when it ripples tree branches, tosses your hair, "
"Freedom is like a muscle that must be developed and regularly exercised, a blessing but also a burden."
"Freedom of expression is like the air we breathe, we don't feel it, until people take it"
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