Psychoanalysis (Psychoanalytic Therapy)
ABOUT PSYCHOANALYSIS (PSYCHOANALYTIC THERAPY)
Psychoanalysis is the study of unconscious motivations on our daily behavior, thoughts and beliefs. It examines, through the talking cure, how our experiences have been internalized and have helped shape our attitudes to ourselves, others in our lives and our behavior. Through this uncovering of underlying motivational causes, we can begin to identify in a different way to our experiences and develop a more satisfying approach to our daily lives. It can illuminate why there are difficulties in relationships by looking at repetitious patterns and the beliefs that underpin these behaviors. It is, in effect, a thinking form of mindfulness, one that enables us to make a new and different choice when we are faced with decisions and difficulties in our lives.
Principally, the psychoanalytic method involves speech and what the patient brings to the room. In the work we analyze the way in which our culture, experiences and family of origin have helped to shape us, how this shaping has caused difficulties for us in our current life and experiences. We begin to see that defenses that once worked for us no longer suffice to help us in our daily lives but hinder us from living the life we want. We seek to find repetitious patterns in a patient’s life to develop different, more productive ways of managing life’s stressors in the here and now. Through this process we can begin to shed some of the modes of being that, which having served us well in the past, to help protect us, no longer function positively for us. It can be a longer process than a behavioral approach as it seeks to understand the motivations that underlie our behavior but it is ultimately rewarding in that it helps to shape our attitude to the present and future and integrate this new way of being into our daily lives.