Over the years, there have been many questions surrounding the topic of psychoanalysis which is why I have decided to compile this brief guide here today. With a better understanding, we can all move forward on a level ground and remove the many misconceptions that exist in today’s society.
I have to begin by saying that I am not yet a formal Psychoanalyst. This title or branding of therapy, some would say, is reserved for those who have done a formal 4-5 years training program. Though I'll be beginning my own formal analysis and training in the Fall of 2017, I cannot yet call myself a Psychoanalyst, but rather a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
Essentially, psychoanalysis is something that’s always evolving but the premise remains the same; to listen and learn about the condition of the human mind. From the recipient’s point of view, they talk while the expert listens and this validity tries to understand the feeling of being alone in a room full of people. With psychoanalysis, I attempt to understand our own thoughts, behaviors, and feelings so we can understand our actions that follow.
Don't Judge Me
Currently, there are many misconceptions but perhaps the biggest is that psychoanalysis judges people and places them into a certain category. All things considered, the opposite is actually true because psychoanalysis recognizes that we are all unique. Rather than putting everyone into a predefined category, it works towards finding the meaning for each and every person. More than anything else, this is why it requires sensitive experts to practice psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is not about putting you into a box. It is a process, though painful and confusing at times, that has the goal of helping you become who you are. Your truest most authentic self.
For the therapists, there are a few key skills required because they need people to accept their own personal experience whilst maintaining a professional head. Ultimately, every clinician will have their own personal experience to draw on and the reactions when sitting with clients look to combine theory with experience. As professionals, we respect the conscious mind but we perhaps learn more from the unconscious mind which is why psychoanalysis works with fantasies, dreams, thoughts, feelings, actions, memories, body symptoms, and more. Normally, these are things that aren't said aloud but psychoanalysis changes the norm.
When the term ‘psychoanalysis’ or anything related to this comes up, we immediately picture a professional sitting in a chair next to the patient laying on the couch. Of course, this is done for a number of reasons including to relax the patient but there isn't a set method that will work every time. With psychoanalysis, there is also off the couch therapy where professionals visit schools and non-profit organizations. Furthermore, they visit residential treatment centers and discuss various topics from a psychoanalytic point of view. Although the one-to-one session does exist, psychoanalysis is more than this for individuals, couples, and even families. I myself have a couch that is big enough to lay on, but no one does.
As you may have noticed, it all sounds a little mysterious and even we would agree with this. However, it is all very practical once you dig beneath the surface and this is what we have been attempting to do in recent times with the many blog posts we have provided. With our help, we hope that you can address any issues that might be affecting you or family members, friends, or even colleagues. With psychoanalysis, it can even be applied to the mind and behavior of children while assessing emotional development. With this in mind, psychoanalysis allows us to understand the mind and this is why it is essential in an environment where mental health problems are rife.