A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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The Analytical Technique and the Confessional
Although psychotherapists do not all accept the entire theoretical structure of psychoanalysis, the discoveries of the influence of the unconscious upon normal and abnormal behaviour have been unanimously acclaimed. The dynamic concept of the emotional life supported by psychological investigation has become an invaluable part of scientific psychotherapy, has shed light on one important aspect of mental healing, the relationship between the doctor and the patient. Up to this point, in order to appreciate its growth and development, we have pursued the chronological method in discussing analytic psychotherapy. For the sake of clarity this method of approach will now be abandoned and the subject will be presented as a unified body of clinical data and theory. The conclusions and methods of all schools will be included under the general term, the analytical technique and the whole subject will be considered in its relationship to the confessional as practised in the churches.
Although the patient will appreciate, during the course of the careful analysis of his emotional development, why the detailed study of every thought, act or tendency was necessary, the analyst does not, however, attempt to saddle his knowledge or force his views on the patient. This is why much of the activity during an analysis is on the part of the patient. It is he who, through an analysis of his life, must obtain self-realization. The personality of the analyst remains in the