Our expert says:
Well, Jane, fortunately most shrinks are not sceptical about you. Because they do know a lot ( from training and experience ) about how minds work, and how different people experience the sort of troubles you have, they can be helpful. And of course, apart from that general background knowledge, they would work towards knowing a lot about you, based on what you chose to reveal to them. Of course, you might choose to sabotage the project, but that would be unduly self-defeating. And where it is a one size fits all approach, ignoring rather than adapting to, the individuality of the specific person ( like analysis ) it would indeed be unhelpful.
As for precious and self-obsessed, that is indeed, in my view, what psychoanalytic type techniques foster, but they're comprehensively useless anyway, and only offered by shrinks who have ignored the scientific literature of many decades. CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) for instance, teaches YOU skills to recognize, test, and modify habits of thought, assumption and behaviour that are preventing you from reaching your goals. The method has wide applicability, but by its natured has to be tailored to specifically fit you.
It is a habit many of us form in childhood, to be excessively private and reserved, and evn though its a refreshing change from the many trivial celebs and others who one wishes would be much more private and reserved, it can be a hindrance, not only in therapy, where a therapist is trained to help with this, but in private life and relationships.
Almost mad makes another good point, in that, while the shrink's knowledge is valuable, the fact that they care enough to be helpful but DON'T know you enough to be part of the problem, can be an especial strength
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