Monday, April 12, 2010

Girl on the Couch

Some months ago I read Girl on the Couch: Life, Love, and Confessions of a Normal Neurotic by Lorna Martin. It was an eye opener.

p. 46: "...[W]hat I liked to call spontaneous and adventurous was really nothing more than reckless and irresponsible."

p. 47: "Do I value my life so little?"

p. 48: "Impulse drives the inner brat. Spontaneous people are flexible and like to do things on the spur of the moment. Impulsive people take spontaneity to the extreme. They are ruled by their inner brats. They don't think about the consequences of their actions. They can be naive, like children."

pp. 58-59: "...[T]he client's experience of psychoanalytic therapy was rarely easy or smooth."

p. 59: "For therapy to be effective, the client needed to be unsettled and challenged."

p. 65: "It's not pleasant discovering you're not the person you thought you were."

Conclusion: Therapy should be a disorienting experience.

Dandy. ><


Anonymous said...

ah. "no pain, no gain"... i heard that somewhere. also "you do not know that you are blind and cold and naked..."

DeskDiva said...

Very true, mud. Very true.