From Pixar’s recently released animated film Inside Out to the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the idea that we each have a lively, complex emotional inner world is hot, hot, hot! But does it really matter?
You may be wondering why a psychoanalyst is writing about the hero’s journey—isn’t that the domain of Joseph Campbell, the stuff of mythology, religion, literature, and History channel documentaries? Well, the reason is simple.
The key to managing our feelings is to be able to hold onto them, think about them, and use them to guide us into a more rich and meaningful life. We are most fortunate if we have someone who is capable of doing this for us and willing to help us learn to do it for ourselves.
Because feelings can be so overwhelming, we often have the misconception that the best way to deal with them is to get rid of them. We imagine that life would be so much easier if we could just shut them down entirely and for good.
A Headshrinker's Guide to the Galaxy is an effort to bring the wisdom of psychoanalysis out of the ivory tower by applying it to the real problems of real people in a user-friendly way. In writing this blog, Dr. Kunst hopes to demystify the process of psychoanalysis and make it accessible to anyone who is searching for a more satisfying and meaningful life. So relax, kick off your shoes, lean back, and let the healing begin!