One of the most important things that you’ve ever decided to do is enter therapy. The experience has made a significant difference in how you feel about yourself and about in life generally. In fact, you would recommend that anyone who is feeling out of sync with their lives to seek out Jungian analysts and see what happens. Here are a few examples of what many patients experience.
A Better Understanding of the Origins of What’s Bothering Them
While being aware that something is wrong is a start, there’s more to the journey. Along the way, it’s essential to pinpoint what has led to this apparent disconnect in life. In fact, there may be a foundational event or series of events that led to the patient’s current reality. Other events along the way may have reinforced those difficult feelings.
There’s a lot to be said for being able to identify where this journey began. In many cases, being aware of the underpinnings of something that’s bothering you is a crucial step in taking away its power. Arriving at that knowledge may help you to feel more powerful than you have in some time.
Ideas on How to Defuse and Abandon Harmful Thoughts and Habits
With a better idea of the root causes for your situation, it’s easier to begin identifying ways to change course and replace negative habits with ones that are more positive. The same is true with your thoughts; when you begin to recognize what once seems a benign thought as being a negative one that adds to your unhappy state, it’s possible to consciously challenge it and replace it with something more productive.
This is not something that happens overnight. It may take some time to hone the ability to defuse and replace thoughts and habits. Fortunately, the analyst is there to help you develop the skills needed to make those kinds of changes.
Optimism For the First Time in a Long Time
Many patients initially approach Jungian analysts after dealing with negative ideas for a long time. There’s not much left in the way of hope for the future at this point. One of the things that begins to happen as the sessions progress is that the patient is likely to recover at least a glimmer of hope.
As the optimism increases, so does the patient’s ability to mine what has happened, extract what’s helpful from it, and then begin to look toward the future again. For someone who had given up looking past the current day, being able to think about what things can be like a year, five years, or even a decade for now is a truly heady experience.
Feeling More Comfortable With Self
As the analysis continues, patients often rediscover things that they like about themselves. Those attributes were buried under all the angst and possible loathing that was holding them back. With those barriers no longer present, beginning to appreciate self becomes possible once again.
That can only enhance the quality of living for the patient. It’s now easier to enjoy being around people, pursue goals, and in general take pleasure in whatever the person has in his or her life right now. Consider how removed this is from when the patient first approached the analyst.
Keep in mind that therapy does require effort on the patient’s part. Dedicate yourself to working closely with the analyst and be prepared for periods when there appears to be no forward movement in the results. Over time, it will be easier to see how far you’ve come, and how life really is a lot better.