Some types of psychotherapy are short-term, lasting a few weeks, while others are long-term, lasting months or years. Some focus mostly on the problem at hand, while others encourage people to speak freely about whatever comes to mind in order to uncover unconscious thoughts and feelings.
We all perceive things as we imagine them to be, based on our own histories, as seen through our current lens of the world. This is why two people experiencing the very same event will tell the story in completely different ways. They can have two completely different "realities."
In technical terms my thoughts about Dr. K and his car were bits of transference -- feelings related to other important figures in my life that I transferred onto him. This transferential moment could have been an important opening, enabling this therapy to get off the ground.
What are the sociological implications behind the notion of "sin," religious or otherwise? The claims that humans are intrinsically evil are highly problematic not solely do to the fact that the claim resides on a false-dichotomy. It only sees one-side of the story.
I'd like to discuss how therapy (all therapy) works, as opposed to why it works, and how specific people, such as those in LGBT communities, are affected when we presume to know what makes someone mentally and emotionally "well."
Romney doesn't need another political advisor, or campaign manager. He needs a psychoanalyst, someone who can get inside his head, help him achieve some clarity, and figure out why he keeps sabotaging himself.
What is at question, then, in the debate about short-term vs. long-term therapy is not how long the treatment takes. It is, rather, the existence, and the desirability (or not) of working with the unconscious.
To many on the left, President Obama is a disappointment. To many on the right, President Obama is a socialist threat to American freedoms. Both of these reactions are based on projections -- the unconscious fantasies of each group projected onto the president.
Violence has reached epidemic proportions in American society. It has been an epidemic for far too long. Therefore, addressing shame -- one of the most important causes of violence -- is a major priority.
Interpretative expansion of the patient's capacity for reflective awareness of old, repetitive organizing principles occurs concomitantly with the emotional impact and meanings of ongoing relational experiences with the therapist.
Incest in the arts and literature is not new -- going back as far as Greek mythology -- but it was almost always disguised or implied. Now these twisted romances are depicted in graphic detail for all to see.