There is psychoanalysis because there is suffering. There is mental and physical agony for which no biological cause can be found. We suffer because we find it difficult to live with ourselves and/or we find it difficult to live with others.
Psychoanalysis is a response to this suffering. Psychoananalytic interventions produce effects on the body and the mind. They are aimed to address suffering in a way that respects the very singular choices of each subject to cope with the challenges and difficulties of life sometimes described as ‘’the darkness of mere being’. It actively questions what it means to be mentally healthy.
Psychoanalysis engages with vital questions such as:
- ‘What do I want?’
- ‘’How do I sustain myself in the world?’
- ‘What does it mean to get my own way?’
- ‘How do I deal with getting my own way?
Psychoanalysis does not attempt to look for social adaption or an acceptance of norms and ideals. Instead it engages to find how each subject responds to his suffering and investigates the mechanisms each subject puts in place to deal with this suffering. It’s ethical position is a fundamental respect for the individual outside the contemporary push for standardization
Psychoanalysis is a drug-free method of treatment. Its tool is speech. Psychoanalysts frequently work with psychiatrists for patients who require medical interventions either temporarily or permanently.