Psychotherapy - what is it?
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But this is merely the conscious layer, for our mental life covers also a large area of the unconscious. It contains our memories, which we can no longer access; conflicts, which we failed to resolve; thoughts, and emotions we would rather not look at. We push them all down into the cellar and lock them up. The only access to this world we have is through our dreams or in difficult, extreme situations, crises etc, but when it happens it also awakens our fear and helplessness. Usually, at best, we manage to push them all back into the cellar and bury the key. Sometimes however, some of the content struggles to get out – and it often does, but in a different form: as mysterious physical ailments, obsessive thoughts, depression, fear, sleeping difficulties. Self-analysis, however useful, has its limits.
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