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What it’s Like to be an Analysand

What it’s Like to be an Analysand

I don’t believe psychoanalysis is for everyone. I remember reading Hyman Spotnitz’s book Modern Psychoanalysis of the Schizophrenic Patient: Theory of the Technique. Spotnitz is the founder of modern psychoanalysis and he didn’t believe that those who were in very poor physical health should take on psychoanalytical treatment because it was too stressful. Psychoanalytical treatment can put a client and analyst into a very intense situation that can be very stimulating if the analyst can’t handle what’s going on and/or if the…

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How to Find a Good Match with an Analyst

How to Find a Good Match with an Analyst

I was disappointed by the first piece of advice given to me in answer to this question. “You just have to be able to tolerate each other. Liking your analyst isn’t a prerequisite.” That sounds counter-intuitive right? I was just starting my training as an analyst and didn’t get what this person was trying to communicate to me. Over the years, I’ll give them this credit about that statement: if you have an analyst you loathe but you still show…

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