Spirit and Rules of Systematic Self-Analysis
Since we have already discussed psychoanalytic work from several points of view, and have seen from an extensive example the general procedure in psychoanalyzing oneself, it is scarcely necessary--and would indeed be repetitious--to discuss systematically the technique of self-analysis. The following remarks will therefore merely emphasize certain considerations, many of them already mentioned in other contexts, which deserve special attention when proceeding on one's own.
As we have seen, the process of free association, of frank and unreserved self-expression, is the starting point and continuous basis of all analytic work--self-analysis as well as professional analysis--but it is not at all easy of achievement. It might be thought that this process is