“Driven by his suffering, the patient turns to the analyst in the hope of finding help. The analyst can provide help if he himself originally came to analysis as someone who was ill—and in some regards still is ill— but had the courage to do without falsehood and tricks, in this way making something creative out of his illness.
I recall Heine’s irreverent verse:
Illness was ultimately the reason
for my entire creative fervour.
Labouring I became well,
Labouring I was able to recover.
(Translated by Michael Wilson)
We analysts go through this process time and again."
On the necessity for the analyst to be natural with his patient (1978)