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This makes for another difference. Nicolás’ internal struggle, the clash of conflicting loyalties and the translation to the ‘surrogate field’ of the outside world are a terrible strain on him. They drain his energy, reduce his resources and constantly occupy his thoughts. What is the core of those internal factors that provoke and sustain Nicolás’ blockage? We have established the conflict of loyalties between the interests of his parents, forcefully embodied in the mission they have bestowed on him and his own interests, needs and preferences as an individual.
The effect of this sophisticated manoeuvre, and the price he has paid for it, has been even deeper confusion about who he really is and what he really wants. On the other hand, he has achieved a reconciliation of intellectual opposites. What he experiences, however, is different. He has ‘condemned’ himself to a future that does not hold any promise for him, and one that he is not really looking forward to. His political utopia has vanished, as have his energy and motivation to act for his future.
21 TWO Suffering the fall of the Berlin Wall: blocked journeys in Spain and Germany William Hungerbühler, Elisabet Tejero and Laura Torrabadella Introduction The research work carried out by Sostris was based on the shared assumption that our subjects were active and resourceful individuals dealing with all kinds of challenges. This chapter puts this basic assumption to the test. Nicolás from Catalonia and Heike from eastern Germany, two well-educated young adults who, geographically speaking, happen to live at opposite ends of the EU, have both come to a dead end in their life journeys – a ‘biographical blockage’.
Biography and social exclusion in Europe : experiences and life journeys by Michael Rustin, Tom Wengraf, Prue Chamberlayne