A very interesting note regarding Lowen's ideas about the differences between and the effects of terror versus horror is that he implies that chronic situations of terror in early childhood lead to the formation of a schizoid character structure, while repeated instances of horror lead to the formation of narcissism and a psychopathic character structure.

In the schizoid character, withdrawal and disconnection from feelings and the body is the typical defensive reaction to the terror, while in the narcissist and psychopath, it is a disconnection and withdrawal from reality, and from an acknowledgment of others as real, that prevails as the reaction to the horror.

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