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Sunday, December 04, 2005


A post about what it's like to be in psychoanalysis. It's just like being in a New Yorker cartoon!


  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Tammy said…

    Heh. I had a professor who, apropos of nothing, used to hold us hostage while he read New Yorker cartoons aloud to us, chuckling wildly to himself the whole time.

    Though I totally sympathize with your feelings, I'm probably one of those people who find the idea of analysis wildly cool because (a) I've seen too many Woody Allen movies, and (b) the idea of talking about myself (ME! ME! ME!) for an hour a day really appeals to my narcissistic streak.

    I think it's fantastic that you're so open about talking about this, Melissa. And I see your point about the stigma surrounding analysis when every second person you meet is on antidepressants. I'm a big believer in talk therapy, so I'd probably go the same route as you.

  • At 10:52 PM, Blogger Cataclysm said…

    Wow Melissa, I'm with Doppleganger in saying how wonderful you are to be so open about analysis!

    I've not been through real psychoanalysis but have seen a counsellor (probably why I'm still married) and it wasn't at all like in the movies. Its rigorous stuff!And there's nothing fun about confronting old demons, esp when as all things 'past', you can't change it.

    Not that its related but I was just watching "Nanny 911" - its addictive TV for those of us with babies, saying softly to ourselves that it couldn't happen to us. Now I don't know who would put their family's problems on syndicated TV but some clever folks do, seemingly following the same pattern: bad kids, bad parents, nanny confronts parents, parents change their ways, kids become good. It always takes an outside voice to make people realize.

    My question is whether hearing that outside voice in therapy (or on Nanny 911) can become addictive in its own right? I was intrigued by your description of your therapist going on holiday.

    And how as parents we can help our kids process the shit that will happen to them in the most positive of ways, growing from experiences? The first parenting book I bought was "How to Raise an Optimistic Child"... I'm mostly a 'nature' person but if $21.99+tax can stack the 'nurture' cards in my favour, who am I to withhold the plastic?

    Good one Melissa! And the more voices like yours that speak out, the less stigma for whatever path people choose to become healthier people.


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