Oct 27, 07
the unconsciously conflicted
Read in October, 2007
Impossible, I suppose, on account of what happens is the analysand pays the analyst an extraordinarily large sum of money to come to his or her office several times a week for several years, lay on a couch, and free associate, until the analyst (heretofore not terribly talkative) offers an interpretation of the analysand's unconscious conflicts and defenses that the analysand will refuse to accept. As my psychoanalysis professor explained, "Some people just can't handle that amount of freedom." He's an analyst. Can you tell?
But if you're curious about psychoanalysis, practice, and theory, this book is a page turner.
p.s. This book really paints an unsympathetic picture of analysts (as power-driven, competitive, petty, defensive, and dogmatic). I am told this book originally appeared as a series of articles in the New Yorker and that the real "Aaron Green" (unsuccessfully) sued Janet Malcolm when the book was published. I am also told that, for a time, every analyst/psychologist in New York knew who Aaron Green was. How embarrassing.