So much came to mind when I started to think about hope. Hope seems loaded right now and possibly in short supply, but when I retreat to my psychoanalytic frame of thought, I understand that opposing poles hold each other down. Kind of like on a camping tent. You cannot have a move toward the positive without an opposing move toward the negative, and when things seem at their worst, is exactly when the potential for great hope is more open and available than ever. We simply wouldn’t be able to see hope existing on the horizon, without acknowledging despair. Analytic greats like Winnicott and later Stephen Mitchell regarded hope as being essential to the analytic relationship and in an...

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