A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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father (the analyst), to prove his efforts vain or his skill insufficient as a means of avoiding recognition of his suppressed desires and wishes.
The life story of each patient must necessarily be unlike that of others, and a therapy that aims at understanding the numerous factors underlying the symptoms of a given patient must be more efficient than one that utilizes a blanket method applicable to every patient.
It is impossible to give here a sample case which has been analysed. The actual minutes of such a case, if they could possibly be written down, would cover thousands of pages. Not even a resume of the interviews which the writer, sometimes, asks the patient to write, is publishable. Complete analyses are rarely published. There are many case reports available which can be consulted, the main events in the patient's analysis seen. During the past decade or two there has been a change away from the analysis of specific emotional trauma, or infantile sexual complexes. Modern analysis does not attempt to display its brilliance by isolating complexes for the sake of sheer pyrotechnics. It aims at treating a human individual as a total personality. As new meanings, motivating influences, are brought to light that were never before known to the patient, he begins to see the new direction into which his instinctive life should lead him, as well as the pitfalls into which he has previously fallen. For life to any individual is a succession of emotional adventures overlaid with rationalizations and carried on according to an unconscious pattern which can only be glimpsed at fleeting moments. And it is to this vast, unseen, emotional life, which motivates the patient largely, that analysis addresses itself in its attempt to cure the neurotic individual.
The concept of unconscious (morbid) fear is a vital one in analysis. The difference between anxiety and