THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS
According to (Wilfred) Bion, the analyst’s function is to psychoanalyse. It can be like a mirror held up to the patient which could help him to see all of what he looks like….if the analyst effects an introduction of the patient to himself, it seems to initiate ‘growth’. After patients have spent their life up to date trying to be ‘just like’ somebody else, the analyst is suggesting that they should be themselves, whoever they are, because they may have some redeeming features.. they dare to ask questions about what they have forgotten and about what they do not know…as a result they do get stronger.
Paraphrased by Malcolm Pines in Bion & Group Psychotherapy 1985 Routledge & Keegan Paul