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It is also said in the literature that Freud developed the technique of the analyst sitting behind and out of sight of the patient lying on the couch, because he really did not like being looked at ; while Jung preferred the method of sitting in front of the patient because in the Fruedian position he tended to fall asleep. Of course they also developed fancy theoretical arguments in favour of the set-up they happened to find personally most comfortable. I only ever met Anna Freud, his daughter, so was unable to ask him about this.
Within analysis it can be hard at times to recognize the differences between theories and excuses.
And hence my view of the Crowded Couch - whereby, to avoid some o the grisly realities of what may actually be happening between the two flesh-and-blood people in the room, analysis drags in so many other figures - there's mom and pop, and a host of arthetypes, etc. ; that the people not actually there can crowd out those who are. And NOBODY is capable of keeping track of all those folks, real and imaginary, at the same time, so losing sight of actual real-time components.
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