Got An Interior Life?

This is one good reason for psychoanalysis/psychotherapy.  There seem to be many different reasons for this, but our culture, at the moment, seems to undervalue interior experience.  We do seem to be understanding better that exercising the brain is good for it (and for your body) just like exercising your body is good for your body (and your brain).  The two, in fact, are quite interconnected, as has been shown by research:  practicing a musical piece in your head, or running a race in your head, will give you most of the benefits that you’d get from “actual” practicing.  However important, though, this kind of knowledge doesn’t quite bring out the fact that thriving as well as surviving both depend to a significant degree on having a rich inner life.  Here’s a question:  why not enhance this part of our being (especially since evolution has worked so hard for eons to develop it)?  I’m not talking about spirituality per se here, though that’s a big part of inner life for lots and lots of people.  I’m talking about “reflection”–the activity of the “complex self,” as Bollas puts it, that reflects upon and can thus revise the self and its relationships with other selves and the environment.  Seems like “thinking” is not regarded as one of our most valuable activities.  But never mind the question of value, even.  Thinking can be thrilling, and/or pleasurable, and/or soothing (cf. Bion).  I wish we could think of more ways to introduce people to the joy of thinking.

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