Me: I’ve got to go. My roommate is going to be on Grimm tomorrow and she wants to borrow some clothes.
My sister: Wait. She’s going to be on TV and she wants to wear YOUR clothes?
Me: To be clear, she’s going to play a hospital patient and needs something frumpy that generally makes her look unwell.
My sister: Oh, okay. That makes sense.
[Adam] Phillips constantly refuses to “claim” any particular patch of psychoanalytic territory or even defend the value of psychoanalysis itself. “For me,” he has said, “psychoanalysis is only one among many things you might do if you’re feeling unwell - you might also try aromatherapy, knitting, hang-gliding. There are lots of things you can do with your distress. I don’t believe psychoanalysis is the best thing you can do, even if I value it a great deal.” He has also been alert to the possibility that “psychoanalysis…disempowers in the name of knowing what’s best…at its worst it forces a pattern. It can make the links that should have been left to find their own way.” In the end, he claims, “Psychoanalysis cannot enable the patient to know what he wants, but only to risk finding out.”
Love that last sentence.
“To begin with, one needs to understand but I think the final project is to relieve oneself of the need for self-knowledge. It’s not that it’s useless – in some areas of life it’s very useful – but there are lots of areas in which it isn’t, and in some areas it’s actually pre-emptive and defensive, and this is where psychoanalysis potentially fails people, by assuming there is an infinite project and that the best thing you can do in life is to know yourself. Well, I don’t think that’s true.”
- Adam Phillips, a psychoanalyst, on psychoanalysis
Ukiah may have had the best day of his life yesterday in the Mt. Hood wilderness.
I’m not entirely convinced these are legit, but the compilation sure made me laugh.