Will Psychoanalysis Help Me?
Will a course of psychoanalysis help me? Because analysis is a highly individualized treatment, people who wish to know if they would benefit from it should seek consultation with a psychoanalyst.
The person best able to undergo psychoanalysis is someone who, no matter how incapacitated at the time, is basically, or potentially, a sturdy individual. This person may have already achieved important satisfactions - but is nonetheless significantly impaired by long-standing symptoms: depression or anxiety, sexual incapacities, or physical symptoms without any demonstrable underlying physical cause. Some people come to analysis because of repeated failures in work or in relationships, brought about not by chance but by self- destructive patterns of behavior.
Others need analysis because the way they are - their character - substantially limits their choices and their pleasures. Others seek analysis definitively to resolve psychological problems that were only temporarily or partially resolved by other approaches. Whatever the problem - and each is different - that a person brings to the analyst, it can be properly understood only within the context of that person's strengths and life situation. A comprehensive evaluation, conducted by a trained psychoanalyst, is an excellent way to determine if you will benefit from psychoanalysis.