Think Before You Act

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Psychoanalysis: The Road Less Traveled

Think before you act or maybe we should first ask

How does analysis feel?

Imagine taking many twists and turns into your memories

Childhood ones are not (excluded)

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You explore your past in a very short period of time

Those moments can reveal many forgotten memories and thought patterns

Think before you act: Analyzing Your Past

Remember your adolescence?

That had a life of its own

To analyze is to study your past

Running away is not a viable option

You’re not living in the past

You’re living in the future

View analysis as a therapeutic method for keeping yourself well-balanced

Studying your past, present and future

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The Fruits of Analysis

The circle of life becomes more fruitful

And this fruit you’re allowed to eat!

But will this fruit cause you to sin?

Digging up your past is not an illegal act

Your unconscious mind is always ready to act

All your repressed and suppressed thoughts come back to life

You’re shocked by some

And intrigued by many

You even forgot that they could be so handy

So much useful tid-bits of information

You connect the pieces of the puzzle

You dig up your life out of the rubble

Some things make sense while others are trouble

Do you have multiple personalities you ask yourself

Or maybe your mind is compartmentalized in many different layers

Everything was hidden but now clear like an honest prayer

Think before you Act: Seeking the Truth

All you seek is nothing but the truth

Analysis helps you obtain it

But your unconscious mind lies in a different booth

Sometimes it comes out and plays with you

It travels through dreams like a child would do

But you wake up dazed and confused

It’s speaking another language

Analyzing is the last thing you want to do

But analysis takes practice and patience

The road less traveled can be intimidating

But don’t give up, instead embrace it

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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Mental Health Analysis

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Self-Analysis is Key to Success

Everyone is talented at something they find more interest in. Some are great with visualization and goals, speech and entertainment, and others enjoy academia. One key to success that they all have in common is self-analysis; or at least they should have it in common! Without mental health analysis, you risk becoming too dependent on the environment to understand yourself and where your fingerprints tend to fall in society.

But it requires courage; lots of it. Imagine the brain as a vault and your unconscious mind is locked in the deepest layers; your goal is to get down there! Do you even know how to? I guess we should first ask, do you even care? If so, prepare for a life journey with many twists and turns; many chills in the mirror.

There’s no rush with self-analysis, as long as you remain honest with yourself and don’t cheat out. You already have all the tools you need:; intuition, dreams and faith. If you can consistently utilize all three elements as much as possible, clarity of your life will become more apparent.

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Mental Health Analysis: Clarity

I guess many of us lack clarity in life. Clarity is not correlated with success, but a lack of it can possibly contribute to a lack thereof. When I refer to this, imagine as if your invisible being is wearing a pair of eyeglasses, the problem being that they’re blurry most of the time; can you really see what lies ahead weeks, months and years into the future?

Whether you’re suffering from an infection, virus or self-analytical pain, chills in the mirror are the common denominator. It’s a long process that is very-well worth it in the long-run and can bring you many benefits, a peaceful state of mind and that much needed, but very-well deserved clarity.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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What is Psychoanalysis?

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Psychoanalysis is based on the Freudian school of thought that our unconscious mind contains repressed thoughts, drives, traumatic experiences, memories and unresolved childhood conflicts that influence our present thoughts and behaviors. By accessing your unconscious mind through analysis of your transference during therapy, you can gain a better understanding of yourself and why you say and do the things that you do. Besides formal psychoanalytic therapy with a therapist, you can also analyze yourself. This is helpful to better understand your interactions and behavior, but make sure that you’re not overdoing it. Too much self-analysis can potentially make you rigid if you’re always thinking about why you said this and did that. A healthy dose of analysis is the best way to go.

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So what is Psychoanalysis?

The human brain has a conscious mind and an unconscious mind. The conscious mind is you experiencing life and everything in it. But your unconscious mind is where all the magic happens; you’re not aware of this portion of the mind. But there is a time when you can become aware of it and that is through dreams. Freud referred to dreams as, “the royal road to the unconscious.” In addition, physiological functions such as respiration, heart rate and digestion are unconsciously performed. You’re not aware of these functions; they happen automatically. You can become aware of them but let’s hope you’re not doing that!

So What Does it Do?

What is so great about the unconscious mind? Well, it records everything in your environment, including every waking and sleeping moment of your existence. With the information it gathers, it interprets it, manipulates it, stores it and then pulls the strings of your conscious mind. The strings that are pulled influence your thoughts, actions and behavior. In other words, you’re controlled by your unconscious mind. One can argue that it’s not possible since you have free will to do whatever you want. You are correct in that you have free will, but your free will is controlled as well.

The bottom line is that your unconscious mind is not some malevolent force trying to do you harm. It loves you but it also acts like a computer, studying your every move and action. Sometimes you don’t make the best decisions in life and this ends up adversely affecting you. Where do you think all your baggage is stored? It goes straight to the vault called the unconscious mind. The point of psychoanalysis is to gain access to this vault and retrieve lost memories, lost files and lost experiences. Once you reconnect with them, the pieces of the puzzle fall back into place and things start to make more sense.

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Psychoanalysis: A Breath Of Fresh Air

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Proceeding With Introspection

It takes one session per week or every other week to reap the benefits from psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy with a psychologist or psychiatrist. The first session is called “the dance”; I get to know you and you get to know me. The analyst is often very reserved during the dance; they are there only to observe and take in what you have to offer.

Following the first session, the analyst begins to open up to you and offer their opinions, observations or even suggestions; their words are slowly influencing your choice of topics. You still talk about what you feel like, but their responses help you navigate different routes of thought. It becomes relieving to talk about what you wish, when most of the time you don’t have someone in your life who you can be 100% open with.

But with an analyst you can be as open as you want. They are not there to judge or make fun of you; their role is to help you develop an understanding of your mental and emotional processes. They want you to become comfortable with any thought that comes through your mind; they want you to learn how to better understand yourself.

Psychoanalysis is like a breath of fresh air because the sessions help you get things off your chest (or your unconscious mind, realistically speaking). And you learn more about yourself while doing it, but at first it might not seem so apparent; especially after “the dance.”

However, over time and as days go by, you notice that your mood improves, your confidence builds up and you seem more satisfied with life in general. This is because you are unconsciously releasing knots of conflicts that you have held on to during your entire life. The psychoanalytic sessions are a platform for your unconscious mind to partake in “the dance.”

The more sessions that you attend, the more your unconscious mind will become comfortable with the analyst; this leads to a greater divulgence of unconscious information, conflicts and secrets. When you make your unconscious mind happy, you become happy! Without psychoanalysis, our mind is often separated into two entities: the unconscious portion and the conscious portion.

Rather than being oblivious to your unconscious mind and allowing it to aimlessly control your life, psychoanalysis provides an opportunity for uniting both portions of the mind and helping you become more wholesome and complete. Events in your life begin to make more sense!

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Analyzing Your Life

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Switching The Light On

From the moment of your birth to present day, your mind has been working nonstop at accumulating bits and pieces of information about your life and your surroundings. You at least get to rest and sleep at night; your mind is working. It does not rest from analysis. But are you invested in analyzing your life?

Just because your unconscious mind is working in the background does not mean that you are invested in analyzing your life. You have to consciously want to learn more about yourself. It’s a fun process that anyone can tap into with a little conscious effort and drive.

So why should you even analyze your life? Analysis helps you learn more about your behavior, thought process and relationships. It dissolves rigidity and helps sprout new ways of viewing yourself in the environment; ways which you wouldn’t have had the strength to apply prior to analysis.

Life can become very repetitive; I am sure we have all experienced it. And if something is not done about it, we become vulnerable to depression. Who wants to live a repetitive life with little to no change? You essentially become so rigid that you cannot see what is happening in your periphery; you are like a deer staring into headlights.

But analysis shines light on your past and your past shines light on your present. Learning from your past can reveal much about how you presently think and act. Analysis forces you to dive into your past; without it, you probably would have never revisited certain events.

Analyzing your life requires a lot of interest, motivation and drive. This process cannot be forced. It has to come from you. And it is best to see a psychotherapist who is trained in analysis. But it first starts within: you must switch the light on and be willing to engage head on.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)