A Headshrinker's Guide to the Galaxy

Psychoanalytic wisdom for everyday life

Why Psychoanalysis? Series Introduction

I’m about to embark on a series of posts to address an important question that is frequently being raised in my circles lately: why psychoanalysis? Read More

here's the most basic question

The most basic question is, how is it that 4 or 5x a week of talking about yourself with someone, delving into the "deep" reaches of the mind in a completely self-centered exercise for a period of years, won't turn the person into a self-centered asshole? Because that's what I've seen with many people who complete analysis. They come out of it thinking mostly about themselves. Their volunteer work suffers. Their relationships with others go through the lens of self-satisfaction, instead of duty or sacrifice. They're self-aggrandizing instead of humble. And I think it's because all that deep work has them thinking that they're something special.

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Jennifer Kunst, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, working with adults and couples in her private practice in Pasadena, CA.

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