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I am back home in Boston. A few final thoughts from the analytic meetings:
1. It makes more sense to speak about "engagement" in treatment than to speak about "treatment alliance" or "therapeutic alliance."
2. A capacity for self-analysis is one good indicator for the end of an analysis.
3. Is psychoanalytic theory, especially its meta-theory, little more than an intellectual crutch for the doctor?
4. Not news, but analysts are prone to all of the obnoxious and nutty human traits that everyone else is.
5. Classical psychoanalysis is for people with mainly neurotic conflicts and personality issues in the neurotic zone, but many are treating less-well put-together people with all sorts of non-classical analysis these days. I always find that interesting, but I am not sure it makes sense. Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I have an analytic tool-kit and a psychotherapy tool-kit, and they are different.
6. How come people who live a short train-ride into the city rarely do anything, but out-of-towners come in and catch a bunch of theater, the NYC Ballet (best in the world), some music, a museum or two like the Neue Gallery, etc. - and feed their souls for a year? Suburban sloth.
I don't think that (David's psalms win the contest, for me), but they are damn good. The music and the singing are extraordinary. Plus they have kept the basics of Brel, but added a bit of appropriate stage movement. And the Zipper Theater (in an old zipper factory) is the funkiest place: you sit on old car seats. They have a bar in front, with a sign that says "Please bring your drinks into the theater."
Brel died in 1978, but he is alive and well at the Zipper. The NY Sun's review is here. The 1966 original recording is at Amazon.
How do you decide which one a patient needs? Or does it simply come down to only the rich can afford analysis so the rest of us working stuffs must feel inadeqate, not up to the challenge mentally? Does my shrink think me incapable of analysis or just too broke? People in therapy sometimes feel such sick losers by comparison w people whose doctors are actually interested in their dreams and transferences...instead of a therapist patronisingly dismissing them w an "It will pass"...scared that one will fall apart under analysis like an antique wedding dress dry cleaned...
Good question, but there is no short answer. Many factors, including diagnosis (of course), anxiety tolerance, acting out potential, self-observation, impulsivity, tolerance of deprivation - and much more.
It's not generally about money; most analysts will discount analytic treatments.
Thanks,Dr.B. Much for the self-critical patient to find oneself wanting there. If people in analysis are lobsters, I think my shrink considers me a shell-less hermit crab....see Eliot on how "I should have been a pair of claws, scuttling across the ocean floor...."