chapter  15
Addiction to near-life: On pathological daydreaming and the disturbing ambiguity of faking true-love
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Every analysis involves a confl ict between the patient’s and the analyst’s methods of cure, and a confl ict about who needs treatment. For the patient, at the most basic level, it is always the object who needs changing in order to cure the patient from her suff ering. All patients have become ill through excessive use of pathological methods of self-cure; and in the process of analysis, all patients will need to make their analysts ‘ill’ through unconsciously infecting them with their own kind of psychic experience. Cure by insight will be for most patients a (painfully and gradually) acquired taste.