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Life of the mind: Breakdown vs Breakthrough

I used to feel as though my analyst was trying very hard to make me cry

By Anna Blundy  

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When modern psychoanalysts write about their patients they always seem to focus on moments of their own brilliance: the big breakthrough; that sparklingly insightful interpretation of a patient’s words that brings the patient to a moment of tearful epiphany, transforming their life from here to eternity. The tectonic shift. “After that, Miss B was more openly emotional and often cried during sessions. We began to make real progress.” Poor Miss B.

Years (and years) ago, I used to feel as though my analyst was trying very hard to make me cry. I…

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