The Question of Understanding vs. Analysis in Psychotherapy



“I understood quite a lot when I was 30 but I when I made my interpretations, I often came across a bit stilted; I was trying too hard to maintain that ideal psychoanalytic posture, and rather than feeling understood, my clients sometimes felt ‘analyzed’.” – Joseph Burgo,

In the above words, the psychodynamic therapist Joseph Burgo points out one of the biggest issues both clients and therapists face in their sessions: the oppositions of feeling understood versus feeling analyzed and of understanding versus analyzing.  The difference between the two sides in both oppositions is often expressed as a matter of empathic feeling compared to one of sympathetic comprehension or recognition.  Unfortunately, for a long time, it has also been termed as an opposition of “close involvement” and “scientific or forensic distance”, which has proven problematic for many therapists—especially those from the psychodynamic school—who believe that their science cannot be separated from a level of emotional investment in the relationship as well as the subject/client.

Why is this important?  Because, as Burgo points out in the same post on his blog, there is a great deal of potential for mistrust and misunderstanding in the client-therapist relationship, especially as the more conflict-ridden manifestations of transference take place.  For the client to feel as though he is being analyzed instead of understood—being treated purely as a subject in the impersonal experimental sense instead of as a person—would only aggravate whatever conflicts might be developing in the relationship and likely cause greater resentment than otherwise.  Furthermore, for the therapist to ignore the personal and deep relationship he is forming with the client in an effort to convince himself that he is still maintaining a clinically distant scientific posture would be to ignore the inescapable reality that in this relationship, there are two human beings involved—and both of them contribute to the relation.

Assumption of the analytical posture as a distancing mechanism from clients is often a defense mechanism in itself on the part of the therapist, Burgo himself admits.  For a therapist to indulge himself in such a defense mechanism even while encouraging another to work at destroying his own would be nothing less of hypocritical.  Empathy and understanding are the things needed for true psycho-dynamic analysis to take place, not distanced regard and cold calculation.

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Consider the matter of the therapist’s analytical posture in psychotherapy and why it should give way to one of understanding and empathy in order for true results to be arrived at by the therapist and the client.  The opinion of Joseph Burgo on provides a key understanding here and should enlighten people as to the import of empathy in the psycho-dynamic relationship.

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All You Need to Know About Web Coupons for Software


People in the market for software can benefit a great deal from looking for and using online coupons for their purchase.  Coupons can discount software prices by surprising amounts—many of the discounts on Migen Blog, for instance, regularly reach 70% off in their discounting, which is obviously superb for the smart shopper’s savings.  This is why those familiar with online coupons regularly go hunting for them, and often even stock up on these discount tools to make sure that they do not spend more than they absolutely need to.

Coupon codes are widely distributed around the web, so they should be fairly simple to look for, but the better ones, especially those that are still valid and have a way to go yet before expiration, are not always easy to find.  Sources for them are relatively rare: Migen Blog is an excellent example.

To use a web coupon, one simply takes the coupon code provided on the page or digital publication and applies it to a software purchase when prompted to enter a coupon if one is available.  This step often occurs during the checkout process of the purchase, and the coupon code is entered into a coupon field.  The coupon code must be entered precisely, else the discount shall not be applied.

Just as paper coupons have an expiration date, so do web coupons. The expiration date is often shown near the code itself, so a person holding an online coupon should be sure to check when it expires if he actually plans on availing of its discount.  It can help to set reminders on your calendar whenever the date of expiration for a coupon is nearing so that you keep track of which sales you want to ponder and which need a decision.

Online coupons can very easily be shared too, although be warned that there are instances wherein a coupon code is one use only.  In this case, you may not want to share it with others unless you are absolutely certain you do not plan on using it yourself, since one person’s use of the code would invalidate it for everyone else afterwards.

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Learn about the basics of using online coupons for software programs, like those found at Migen Blog.  These tips can help you get the most out of your money by learning how to use discount codes properly. Hit the links below for more information!


An Introduction to LED Signage, from the UK Sign Shop




LED signage is one of the most popular sign types nowadays—not just at the UK Sign Shop but at other sign fabricators’ as well.  For those who are not yet too familiar with how these signs work, LED signs are essentially LED displays, or flat panels that rely on light-emitting diodes for light as well as display purposes.  The semi conductive diodes are typically tiny, and several dozens of them—even thousands of them, in some cases—are combined in a way similar to the technique of the Pointillist painter Georges Seurat to produce a coherent, smooth image that from close-up is actually composed of tiny different-colored lights.

This means that LED signage can range from the simple to the utterly complex in its design.  Consider the example of an LED sign that simply proclaims a single word, for example, or two, as in one that has the red letters flashing on it “Turn Left”.  A more complex LED sign, though, might very well have an actual human face on it—indeed, LED technology has reached the point where it has become an alternative to LCD displays in our television sets.

LED signage is appealing for several reasons.  First, it has fairly good energy efficiency, making it cheap to operate despite its electric usage.  Second, its luminescent nature makes it more eye-catching and multipurpose than normal, non-illuminated signage.  This effect, obviously, makes it especially useful to proprietors of business establishments.  Many shops in the UK and the US now use LED signage for their displays, and they not only use them to attract customers to stores by proclaiming some new special or product, but also use them as practical light sources or secondary lamps for their establishments, making the most of the signs and their luminescence.

While LED signage is generally used for advertisement purposes by businesses, it is also possible to have LED signs made up for you at the UK Sign Shop even if you plan to use them for private or personal purposes.  You might want a unique display in your game room, for instance, or may want a special sign for a private congratulatory party for a very special friend.  Either way, LED signs can certainly make for an arresting statement when used and fabricated properly.

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You may also discover more about LED signage by clicking on the links below, where the UK Sign Shop explains its value according to the most common uses for it.