Tuesday, 7 February 2017

After twenty-five years as a psychoanalyst, I can't say that this surprises me. We resist change. Committing ourselves to a small change, even one that is unmistakably in our best interest, is often more frightening than ignoring a dangerous situation. 


We are vehemently faithful to our own view of the world, our story. We want to know what new story we're stepping into before we exit the old one. We don't want an exit if we don't know exactly where it is going to take us, even - or perhaps especially - in an emergency. This is so, I hasten to add, whether we are patients or psychoanalysts. 

Stephen Grosz, The Examined Life