If we obtain a deeper understanding of our psychological issues will that awareness bring change and ultimately a happier more well-adjusted life? Will the new awaking render us impervious to the grip of dysfunctional people and make our relationships with our family, friends and co-workers more fulfilling? What if we come to understand illusive parts of ourselves only to remain stagnant in our personal development and unable to change? Psychoanalysts have struggled to find a definitive answer to these questions. In fact, studies haven’t shown much difference between the cognitive-behavioral approach (which emphasizes changing behavior over gaining insight and understanding of childhood traumas and the psychological issues they cause) and insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. Does insight and self understanding have a value and if so, will it make us happy or just a little less miserable?
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