Alan Rickman in Seminar - The Reluctant Psychoanalyst Goes to a Convention and A Play
Sometimes the world falls into place in a way that defies explanation – synchronicity or kismet or fate or whatever it is that lines things up and makes them right acts to create a syzygy that can’t be ignored. Tonight that happened. The plenary address at the convention I am attending was by Judith Chused and was titled the “Psychoanalyst’s Narcissism” and the thesis was that the narcissism of the analyst (always abundantly on display at conventions of analysts) is not just off-putting and even destructive, but also can be – because it includes a desire to be helpful and a wish to avoid being vulnerable – one of the therapeutic elements that we bring to the table. Of course this can cut both ways, but generally we think of narcissism as something to be vanquished rather than as something that is our ally. So it was an interesting talk; provocative, but in a subtle way. A talk that was applicable to me and to my work, novel, but not strangely new or different. Perhaps like the best of new ideas, one that seems so sensible that we feel we must have thought it to be the case all along.