Limitations of Self-Analysis
The distinction between resistance and limitation is merely one of degree. Any resistance, if strong enough, can turn into an actual limitation. Any factor that decreases or paralyzes a person's incentive to come to grips with himself constitutes a possible limitation to self- analysis. I do not see any other way of presenting these factors than to discuss them separately, although they are not separate entities. Thus in the following pages the same factor is sometimes dealt with from several viewpoints.
To begin with, a deep-rooted feeling of resignation constitutes a serious limitation to self-analysis. A person may be so hopeless about ever escaping from his psychic entanglements that he has no incentive to make more than a halfhearted attempt to outgrow his difficulties. Hopelessness is present to some extent in every severe