"I know this all sounds like minor stuff, but, given where we started, it’s huge."by Anna Blundy / January 18, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in February 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Psychotherapy works. There are studies that show this and there might be (crap) studies that show the opposite. Someone to talk to for the first time? Having a space in which to be seen and heard? The application of Freudian theory itself? Opinions differ. And in terms of “works,” well, it’s all relative.
But, purely anecdotally speaking, there does appear to be a common trajectory.
First, there’s a period of total denial that the problems that bring us to psychotherapy have anything to do with us personally. So someone with tattoos, piercings and a scowl says he can’t understand why people don’t warm to him. He is outraged at the suggestion that fear might make him need to be offputting. Or a woman who hates men believes it’s because they are uniformly awful, rather than wondering if the hatred has its origins in her. This phase goes on for ages.