Psychoanalysis is likened to voodoo, and seen as deriving from dreaming. The fright of the reader of psychoanalytical texts. Also: Masud Khan and the why of art.
I am not a psychoanalyst, nor am I seeing one. But I read psychoanalytical texts, and must ask myself why.
I mean I try to read mostly narratives of the analytical encounter and the analyst’s subsequent attempt to extract or abstract a number of still theoretical formulations that could be useful to him, and then to others. But I prefer it if the texts have an emotional significance, meaning that they are, at the end, tragically useless beyond what they describe. Freud’s “Dora” is a great narrative but is contested because the patient, at the end, does not return. […]
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