The Wired Hermit - The Reluctant Psychoanalyst entertains an Old Friend
Development is central to analytic theory and technique. Development is also one of those words that I just didn’t understand in graduate school, and I don’t think it was one that I was exposed to much before then. I remember teaching Introductory Psychology and explaining that kids thought differently than adults did, but I didn’t really believe it – or, I guess I believed it, but I didn’t get it. Through my own eyes, I had always been myself. Or maybe, I had always been myself, damn it. I remembered what I had seen and heard and the perspective that I had and I still had that perspective and I wasn’t going to be convinced otherwise. Ironically, of course, this perspective has changed as I’ve aged. I now remember fondly the intensity of youth, but am no longer driven by the destabilizing energy that used to push me from pillar to post. I have also lost some of the certainty that I once had. Of course, I have traded it in on wisdom and a broader world view… OK, some things never change, or do they?
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