realizing after almost two years of psychoanalysis that I have feelings I
hide so well that I thought I did not have them. I am confused, feeling scared
and vulnerable, but still very engaged to the therapy process and trying
to understand myself. And when things seem to get better, something happen
and I feel miserable again. Ok, now I am more resigned that this is the way
weeks ago, I encountered one of the female clients of my analyst at the elevator,
just that, and I felt so jealous! Jealousy is a feeling that I had never
felt with anyone else (even with my husband) or this is the way I thought.
I dont know why I felt like this, because I sure know my analyst has
other clients, right? But I felt rejected. I wondered if she is more intelligent
and interesting than me, if she is making more progress than me and if she
is in love with him as I am (and when I think so I can feel a little compassion
for her because I know how it hurts, but still I do not want her to feel
like that can you see how far my feelings go?) I want the impossible,
I want to be the only one.
of you (thank you for your website), I have encountered courage to talk about
these feelings of love and, after that incident, jealousy. It is difficult
to talk about this mainly because it does not make any sense at all (I keep
feeling silly because it looks like as if I am demanding, asking for something
that I already know I will not get, it is too embarrassing). He has comfort
me saying that only if I talk, even if it makes no sense, we can work on
what is behind these feelings.
is about the meaning of jealousy. I have not found much of this subject when
it is not related to a real couple (husband and wife). Thank you in advance
for your attention and sorry about my English (although I understand well,
I am not good at writing).
For those professionals who have been trained properly,
the unconscious does
have its own language and its own logical structure, but, for the average
person, the unconscious can be counter-intuitive and may not seem to make
much sense at all. That is why
many persons will try to make psychotherapy into something they can
they do this, as you yourself have done, with two characteristic self-protective
strategies: (a) they hide things, and (b) they try to make the psychotherapist
like them. In short, they turn psychotherapy into a
Now, in the pure
sense of the word, a game refers to a process of social interaction
that depends on procedural rules to ensure that all participants know what
to expect of each other. If you were playing chess and your opponent suddenly
pulled out a gun and shot you, you would be at a clear disadvantage. Therefore,
because any participant interested only in the acquisition of power will
dominate the others, games require rules of conduct to provide a certain
fairness, so that true expertise, rather than raw force, should decide the
outcome. Accordingly, politics is a game. Business is a game. Warfare is
a game. And, like it or not, even romance is a
even though life is full of games, not everyone will always play by accepted
rules. Some persons can feel so
and out of control that they will resort to pseudo-games, making
up their own rules to gain an advantage.
an example of a flagrant disrespect for civilized rules. Other pseudo-games
can be more subtle, using tactics of deception and feigned
honesty made possible through the use of
a client refusing to talk about certain things and trying to make the
psychotherapist like herthrough deceptive words, clothing, and
behavioris an example of this.
sometimes takes a psychologist to figure out a persons game. In fact,
figuring out the game of the client, and helping him or her to
move on to honest
interactions, is what the psychologist has to do in the psychotherapeutic
of my website, you have begun to reveal your secrets to your analyst;
thats good progress, so congratulations. Nevertheless, for the most
part you are still playing a game, using your own secret tactics. Jealousy
is one of those tactics, and it relates to the game of romance as played
out in the erotic
In your transference
with your analyst, you are treating the analysis as a romance, and so you
make it into a game. You so desire your analysts attention and admiration
that you fear losing themand, as a consequence, you experience an almost
hatred for any client who might come between you and your analyst.
This points to
the essence of
jealousy. In the
general sense of the term,
jealousy occurs when
you are so afraid of losing what you desperately want that you hate any person
who might come between you and what you want.
You can overcome
this jealousy in your psychotherapy if only you do what your analyst has
already told you to do: talk, even if it makes no sense. Talk honestly
about everythingeven about thoughts and feelings that dont seem
to make any sense to
you. Its your
analysts job to make sense of what you say.
For your part, by talking honestly, and without playing games, you can work
to understand what is behind your thoughts and feelings, and you can begin
to respect, rather than
nothing to fear, there is nothing to lose; with nothing to lose, there is
no jealousyand with no jealousy, psychotherapy, as well as life itself,
finds real meaning.
1. See Lacan, Jacques. The Four Fundamental
Concepts of Psycho-Analysis. (Jacques-Alain Miller, Ed.; Alan Sheridan,
Trans.) New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1981. See also Berne, Eric.
Games People Play. New York: Ballantine Books, 1964.
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