Is therapy always the answer?
August 5, 2010 2:18 PM Subscribe
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"Looked at a certain way, the entire enterprise seems geared toward the needs of the therapist rather than the patient to a degree that can feel, after a certain amount of time, undemocratic, if not outright exploitative
. With no endpoint in sight, it’s possible to stay in therapy forever without much real progress; at the same time, the weight of responsibility is borne almost entirely by the patient, whose “resistance” or lack of effort-making is often blamed for any stagnancy in treatment before the possibility of a therapist’s shortcomings is even acknowledged."
Writer Daphne Merkin's "My Life in Therapy," for the New York Times Sunday Magazine
, explores these questions through an examination of her own history with therapy, just as a previous piece for the magazine mined the depths of her lifelong debilitating depression.
Her previous candor has invited criticism
; this time, Slate
's "Double X" makes an apt comparison to dating and romance narratives
. And indeed, Merkin's narrative ends with "taking a break."