Black Dog Depression

Black Dog Depression

 

 

 

Black Dog Depression metaphor

‘Black dog’ is a powerfully expressive metaphor that appears to require no explanation. The combination of ‘blackness’ with the negative connotations of ‘dog’, noun and verb, seems an eminently apt description of depression: an ever-present companion, lurking in the shadows just out of sight, growling, vaguely menacing, always on the alert; sinister and unpredictable, capable of overwhelming you at any moment. Further, the ‘dark hound’ is an archetypal object of fear, with a long tradition in folklore and myth. Black dogs in dreams are interpreted negatively, often representing death; from all over the world come tales of nightmares caused by oppressive black dogs crushing the sleeper’s chest. -Black Dog Institute

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Author: Steven Monahan

Steven Monahan is the founder of Green Pets America.org and Black Dog Syndrome.org. Former Fortune 100 Executive. Then Entrepreneur. Now Mentor and Animal Welfare Leader. Author The One Thing Workbook #38 Amazon books and Art Of The Black Dog. Steven has been recognized by the State of Georgia Senate, along with City of Woodstock for humanitarian contributions to his community and State. Steven is also the founder and Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities, a national animal welfare charity.