Feeling Blue? Learn Something New...
As a psychoanalyst, I have advanced degrees and certifications, but as a personal statement I’d like to begin with a kind of philosophy of my life and values because for me - Home is where we start.
The world is a big place – yet incomplete if seen from only one perspective, incoherent if seen from too many points simultaneously and absolutely empty if seen from some nowhere-in-particular place of detachment. Given this observation, I’ve generally opted in my own life for incomplete, moving between differing viewpoints to see what each might illuminate and what each might obscure. To be curious is an important value of being human. It enables the learning of new ways of being.
In therapy, words and narratives become the central way in which we construct our understanding and experience. There is one brief narrative that struck me as a guiding principle throughout my own life. It is a quote by the character of Merlin in the book, Once and Future King:
The best thing for being sad is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your one and only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then…to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is one of the only things the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.
I feel this passage addresses the notion of the world and our participation in it. It speaks to the notion of the sacred and the profane, the concept of history and our own historical past, as well as the nature of the soul and some overarching sense of beauty and regeneration.
The self is in the world and the world is in the self, our self. Our job whether its counseling, coaching, psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is to steward the system self toward a greater understanding of the world and ourselves as a work in progress.
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