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The Possible Profession:The Analytic Process of Change by Theodore J. Jacobs

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19

On Hope in Analysis and for Analysis

In this chapter I want to discuss a topic not much discussed among analysts: the question of hope and hopelessness, both in the analytic situation and in our field in general.

This is not surprising. Given the remarkable complexity of the mind—with its interplay of forces continually giving rise to a multiplicity of compromise formations, not to mention the bewildering number of theories that we have concocted in an effort to understand this complexity—the question of hope seems to be a peculiarly unanalytic one, the kind of subject matter that properly belongs in the pages of Psychology Today or as the focus of a daytime television show hosted by Dr. Phil.

In fact, although the idea of hope is not in itself ...

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