chapter  19
On Hope in Analysis and for Analysis
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In this chapter I want to discuss a topic not much discussed among analysts: the question of hope and hopelessness, both in the analytic situation and in our fi eld in general.

This is not surprising. Given the remarkable complexity of the mindwith its interplay of forces continually giving rise to a multiplicity of compromise formations, not to mention the bewildering number of theories that we have concocted in an effort to understand this complexity-the question of hope seems to be a peculiarly unanalytic one, the kind of subject matter that properly belongs in the pages of Psychology Today or as the focus of a daytime television show hosted by Dr. Phil.