Apr 24th, 2020
Truth in psychoanalysis



A most interesting thing is that the search for causes in psychoanalysis is then successful when the thus detected reason seems plausible to the patient, not when it is true. Truth in the classical sense is of no importance when the end is efficiency. Entirely irrespective of whether the underlying condition identified as the wellspring of a pool of sorrow has been its de facto inflow, measures taken against it possess the always-same potential for success.
    Psychoanalysis’s obsession with parents, I suppose, utilises the irrelevance of truth in the field and is founded sheerly in the discipline’s weakness that at the same time makes legitimate its universal promise for success. Psychoanalysis cannot claim of itself to know on which path a human strolls; and yet do its signpostings prove correct once it lectures its patient about the route they have allegedly been walking. Stigmatised, this stigma can then be removed.
    To close with an illustration and return to the parents: Is a patient bothered by fear of loss in their relationship, and are these fears repatriated to the parental relation in which the analyst claims the patient has never been able to find real hold, then talk about and with these parents alleviates the problem the true cause of which they have never been.
    So, when lost, I, too, ascribe whatever root to a bothersome particularity that then assumes form and offers itself up for digestion.