A term for the inner loosening of addictive and often overwhelming dependence upon those tendencies which control and dominate the ego. Egoic attachment to many influences, things, desires, and tendencies so distorts the inner world of human being that there is little freedom. Freedom then can only be gained by a severing of or a stepping back from those ties, called detachment. Normally detachment is gained through spiritual practice. In the Christian tradition, detachment is called apeithia.