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Natural growth and development through therapy

Posted by vwoolf on August 19, 2010, at 6:45:04

In reply to Re: Lear vwoolf, posted by sigismund on August 18, 2010, at 22:16:47

> The thing is I would feel like an alien had taken me over, that I was subject to a force, and it would take a given amount of time to sort itself out.
> The beginning of the automated process would always fill me with dread.

I know that feeling.

Did it change for you over time? Did it begin to feel as if it you were less out of control? As if the things you did and said belonged to you more? They did for me, not all the time and in all situations, but certainly much more than before. I think this is what Knox was talking about as the final developmental phase which she calls the autobiographical self, in which the various parts of the self are experienced as belonging to the self rather than as alien.

One of the reasons her ideas resonate for me is that they are not about illness/health, but about natural development and growth, and in that sense therapy can be seen as a part of a process of life-long learning.

You speak as if you are no longer in therapy. Were you seeing a classical psychoanalyst?

 

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