Psychotherapy is, by it’s nature, a narcissistic endeavor. That’s not to say that the patient is a narcissist, but the journey itself is meant to focus on patient’s interior life, and it’s not always about the greater good. In my last post, several commenters said they feel uncomfortable talking about themselves or worry that their therapist will mistakenly think they are narcissistic because they talk about themselves in therapy.
It’s not at all unusual for people to express some discomfort about talking about themselves in therapy, or to comment, “all I do in here is complain,” or “You must get tired of hearing people complain/talk about their problems, etc….”
I won’t talk for other psychotherapists because I only know how I feel. It seems to me that the mandate of therapy is for the patient to talk about the things they have been thinking about. The truth is that most people think about themselves, and issues of the world are interpreted by individuals as they impact them. Some people Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Shrink Rap*