Analytic Couch:

-All patients imbue the couch with transference meaning. For patients, in the popular mind, the analytic couch is the quintessential symbol of psychoanalysis, with all its connotations, whether common or idiosyncratic.

– The couch has become the analyst’s trademark and logo. The conflation of analyst and couch into the sanctioned semblance of psychoanalytic treatment appears to have been accepted by psychoanalysts as much as by the public. It is exceedingly rare to see the routine use of the couch either challenged or affirmed in the psychoanalytic professional literature. The use of the couch seems to be taken for granted when psychoanalysis is the treatment of choice. To be sure, not every analyst does in fact position every patient on the couch regardless of other considerations. There are some psychoanalysts who occasionally, but rarely, will analyze their patients in a sit-up, face-to-face position when this seems indicated. Except for omitting the use of the couch, such analyses may be technically indistinguishable from the traditional analytic methods. From ¬¬Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, 1995

Pills:

Anti-anxiety drugs, also known as tranquilizers, are medications that relieve anxiety by slowing down the central nervous system. Their relaxing and calming effects have made them very popular: anti-anxiety drugs are the most widely prescribed type of medication for anxiety. They are also prescribed as sleeping pills and muscle relaxants. Benzodiazepines are the most common class of anti-anxiety drugs.

They include: Valium, Ativan, Xanax Benzodiazepines and are fast acting—typically bringing relief within thirty minutes to an hour. Because they work quickly, benzodiazepines are very effective when taken during a panic attack or another overwhelming anxiety episode. But despite their potent anti-anxiety effects, they have their drawbacks.

Common side-effects: Drowsiness, lack of energy. Clumsiness, slow reflexes. Slurred speech. Confusion and disorientation. Depression. Dizziness, lightheadedness. Impaired thinking and judgement. Memory loss, forgetfulness. Nausea, stomach upset. Blurred or double vision

Garden Hose:

-The image of a curled up garden hose readily prompts processing of a snake- linking it to male sexuality. Recalls snake imagery from the Garden of Eden, and recalls Eve’s temptation.

-The serpent is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. Considerable overlap exists in the symbolic values that serpents represent in various cultures. Some such overlap is due to the common historical ancestry of contemporary symbols. Much of the overlap, however, is traceable to the common biological characteristics of snakes. In some instances, serpents serve as positive symbols with whom it is possible to identify or to sympathize; in other instances, serpents serve as negative symbols, representing opponents or antagonists of figures or principles with which it is possible to identify. Serpents also appear as ambivalent figures, neither wholly positive nor wholly negative in valence.

    

Wine:

The use of wine in religious ceremonies is common to many cultures and regions. Libations often included wine, and the religious mysteries of Dionysus used wine as a sacramental entheogen to induce a mind-altering state. In classical mythology, Dionysus is the god of wine, the inspirer of ritual madness and ecstasy, and a major figure of Greek mythology, he is not one of the twelve Olympians as it is mostly believed. The geographical origins of his cult were unknown to the classical Greeks, but all myths depicted him as having “foreign” origins; Dionysus is typical of the god of the epiphany, “the god that comes”. He was also known as Bacchus, the name adopted by the Romans and the frenzy he induces, bakkheia. He is the patron deity of agriculture and the theater. He was also known as the Liberator freeing one from one’s normal self, by madness, ecstasy, or wine. The divine mission of Dionysus was to mingle the music of the aulos and to bring an end to care and worry.

        

-Posted by Elenna Mosoff

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