Systematic Self-Analysis: Preliminaries
Systematic self-analysis might be superficially distinguished from occasional analysis of oneself by the mere fact that it involves more frequent work: it, too, has its starting point in a particular difficulty which one wants to remove, but unlike occasional self-analysis it goes through the process over and over again, rather than resting content with an isolated solution. This description, however, while correct in a formalistic way, would miss the essential differences. One might recurrently analyze oneself and it would still remain occasional analysis if certain conditions were not fulfilled.
The greater frequency is one distinguishing factor in systematic self-analysis, but only one. More important is the attribute of continuity, the following up of problems; the lack of this in the examples of occasional work was emphasized in the previous chapter. This requires,