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[The Clinic] : The Creative Life

At a time when the goals of therapy are often presented as “management of one’s symptoms,” “greater control over one’s emotions / becoming less emotional,” or simply “being more objective,” it seems imperative to draw attention to the ways such “goals” both fail the patient and betray the radically transformative power of good psychotherapy. The point of therapy should not be to instill an ever-vigilant internal micromanager that must monitor and squelch every “bad” thought or “wrong” emotion. A successful psychoanalysis should, instead, aim for a working through of symptoms such that there is nothing left to “manage,” thus freeing up the patient to more effectively attune to their own inner voice and engage in creative life.

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