Many people suffer from mental suffering. It may be for a clear and specific reason, or it may be that the person does not know how to define what this suffering is and that it is not for something specific. And people no less try to remedy on their own or seek help, but fail. And so they live trapped in suffering, or coming out and stumbling over and over again with the same stone.
In this attempt to live better, many patients come to the therapeutic consultation who consider that they know the theory but are unable to put it into practice.. What do you think happens in these cases? Do you think it’s a question of lack of motivation, lack of willpower, for some kind of deficiency …?
Go beyond theory to feel good
Usually anyone who is considering going to see a psychoanalyst, in addition to something that makes them suffer, has the suspicion that it is something that has to do with him, with his way of thinking and doing things, even if ‘he is not conscious. Precisely, the effectiveness of psychoanalysis is supported by the gain of freedom which means separating ourselves from these psychic constructions that we have developed since childhood and which no longer serve us, and which prevent us from enjoying life and deploying other possibilities. It is this invisible disorder that is the main obstacle between theory and practice.
But in the times in which we live, we place a lot of value on the objectifiable, and there is hardly a place for which subjective or intangible, which is not therefore non-existent.
that’s why it is not about putting more effort into accumulating theory or knowledge. It is about making the experience of analysis an experience of being, and that will have the effect of making the patient’s life flow differently.
What to expect from psychoanalytic treatment?
Explaining what psychoanalysis is would be too complex for an article of this nature. To better understand what it is, I find it easier to start by talking about what psychoanalysis is not. I will therefore comment on certain aspects that were certainly not found by going to a psychoanalyst.
You don’t need to complete any quizzes, you don’t need to take a test, you don’t receive an assessment, you don’t have a to-do list or self-registration. They are not didactic or motivating speeches either.Even the psychoanalyst does not say what to do. The psychoanalyst does not scold, judge, give advice, make decisions for you or get angry with you. The psychoanalyst directs the care but does not direct the consciousness or the actions of the patient.
Developing sessions is a two-way street. The psychoanalyst does his job and the patient must do his. The psychoanalyst offers a unique place in the subject’s words, listening as best as possible so that here we can find, think, listen. is a space to talk about what makes you suffer, to know why and for what we do things.
It takes a lot of involvement and commitment, which on the part of the patient has little to do with just complaining or letting off steam. The things said in the presence of the analyst produce a different resonance, and a fall in the narrative of things which he knew but which went unnoticed.
How long does the treatment take?
Since it is not a standard treatment, nor to sell certainties and guarantees so fashionable these days, (of the type: in 8 sessions we guarantee results), because it is rather a job very artisanal in the very personalized and elaborate sense, the rush is playing a weak favor. Time will have to be what it should be, and at each patient’s unique pace, we will build a smoother path to travel. It is not a short or interminable treatment, the end of the analysis will come, if the patient has not abandoned the treatment, when he has developed his conflicts and is satisfied.
Of course, it is an experience that leaves no one indifferent to who decides to do it. It provides self-knowledge and a way of thinking that will remain forever. And not only that, he favors all that is more on the side of life.
With the tool of words alone comes what many would call magic, enough of a twist to make a being kinder and the world less inhospitable. And the fact is that the human being, in addition to being made of muscles, bones, organs … is made of words.