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Life of the mind: Moments of revelation

It's a privilege to watch patients understand themselves better but it's amazing to be there for the big moments

By Anna Blundy  

There have been two or three big revelations during the five years I’ve been having psycho-analysis. Mostly, as the sessions trundle on, little drops of knowledge trickle into my conscious mind from my unconscious and the world begins to pull into focus. No need to avert my eyes from the male runner so that he won’t get the chance to size me up sexually. No need to look at him flirtatiously so that he has to. He’s just another runner. “Hi,” and a smile will be fine. Occasionally though, something earth shattering happens.

My first one happened on the couch.…

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