Another way to say this is that we often fail to follow Jesus because we are neurotic. And our neuroses cause us to be self-focused and attention-seeking when we should trying to become self-forgetful and other-oriented. Instead of listening we like to talk. Instead of giving compliments we fish for them. Instead of serving quietly we like to share our accomplishments. Instead of admitting wrong we give excuses. Instead of sharing our failures we live a lie.
We are "curved inward" upon ourselves not because we are wicked or depraved but because we are socially anxious and neurotic.
--an unpublished post exploring the impact of neurosis upon followers of Jesus