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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  


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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