chapter  9
Refl ections on the Goals of Analysis and the Process of Change
Pages 14

For a number of years I have been interested in the question of the effectiveness of analysis; that is, in analysis not only as an experience that expands understanding, but as a treatment method that helps our patients overcome the pain, the anxiety, and the troubled relationships that have caused so much diffi culty in their lives. Too often in my work I have witnessed the development of insight that remained just that-insight in a vacuum; insight divorced from action or change; understanding that had little impact on the patient’s life or the diffi culties that brought him to treatment.