kind of problems and conditions can analysis help?
people think of as their problems or conditions are usually symptoms
of an wider situation. So as analysis deals with the fundamental make-up
of the personality there are few problems which cannot be helped by
Analysis has experience not only of everyday problems such as anxiety,
depression, insecurity and so on but also more serious conditions which
are often thought of as "medical" or mental illness.
Inevitably, problems with personal relationships tend to be the most
common area of analytical work.
is the difference between different schools of analysis such as Kleinian,
Freudian. Jungian etc?
concern of analysis is the search for the truth about human experience
and about each individual person's nature. The differences between the
different schools of analysis are mainly about the best way to approach
this and which aspects are the key ones.
J.F.Miller has been priveleged to have worked with key people who themselves
worked with C.G. Jung, Melanie Klein or W. Bion, three of the main pioneers
of analytical work.
analysis against religion?
Psychoanalysis has something of a reputation for being atheistic mainly
because Freud confused religious experience with religious institutions
All the world religions are concerned in different ways with the fundamental
questions of Truth and Love for ones fellow creatures and as psychoanalysis
is all about the essence of Life since, it shares this.
Strictly speaking there is no such thing as a heterosexual or homosexual
person. Human beings are fundamentally bisexual and go through different
stages of attraction to the same and the opposite sex in the ordinary
course of child development. Analysis is concerned with the quality
of relationships: this mainly concerns how far people have developed
from the infantile state of being preoccupied with excitement and gratification
("neediness") to being able to show real love and concern
for a partner and sustain a relationship with them.
long does it take?
Analysis is not a treatment but a deeply educational process. It needs
to be thought of like getting a degree or learning to play a musical
instrument or a sport. It involves growth and development and this is
bound to take several years. However, unlike doing a degree, analysis
is something which is completely compatible with living a normal life.
People have analysis who have families and children who are engaged
in every kind of job and work and of any age
do I know it will work?
Again, analysis is not like a drug or an operation which will or won't
succeed, but an project of very personal education. You're guaranteed
to learn something valuable and interesting however a short a time you
have analysis. The only question is how much progress they make. If
you stick at it it can change your whole life and open your eyes to
possibilities you never dreamed of.
What if I am not clever enough?
Intelligence - particularly academic learning - is, if anything, a disadvantage
since clever people tends to be self-important and good at deceiving
themselves The main requirement for analysis is to want to improve yourself
and to be prepared to let the analyst be a good parent to you to help
you do this.
analysis make me go mad or spoil my relationships?
Analysis is like a medical examination or doing a survey on a house:
if nothing is wrong there is nothing to fear and if there is something
wrong it is usually better to know as soon as possible so that something
can be done about it.
The spirit of analysis is of understanding, not criticism. Better understanding
almost always leads to hope.
In practice, it is not being able to make sense of things which drives
people mad or interferes with relationships. Analysis is all about learning
to think and make sense of life experience.
it very expensive?
Not only is it not expensive, but it can actually save you a lot of
money! Many people come to analysis unable to manage their life or their
money - sometimes on the edge of divorce or bankruptcy-and analysis
can enable them to avoid financial disaster by sorting themselves out.
You can spend £20,000 a year on private schooling or have a debt
of £30,000 after university and still not be able to make your
costs a fraction of this and can get your life sorted out.
Mr. Miller : a.m.07.00-12.00, p.m.15.00-20.00 - Weekdays only
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