Some moods are not only difficult and unpleasant things to experience, they are also very hard to think about.
Certain moods, while powerful and disabling, often cut us off from company because it feels hard if not impossible to find words to describe them.
These kind of moods seem to limit all perspective. And, I find, that if we don’t have a position from which to observe and think about our moods then we are more likely to remain in their grip.
These moods cast us into silence so that all we seem able to do is suffer them alone. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy attempts to help us develop a way of being able to think about our moods. It is a therapy that aims to develop a space for us to find a language and a way of thinking about the moods that grip us.
Moods, emotional states, fluctuate and change, how are we supposed to live with them and understand ourselves and our moods?
Some moods are so big you get lost in them, lose all perspective, and the loss of perspective adds a new depth of difficulty, you feel even more lost and alone.
Like, so to speak, being lost in a vast lake at night without a star or a coast line to lean on. You are lost in your mood.
Imagine, then, while shouting for help, you are found by another, another who has a small boat, and who lets you scramble aboard. From inside the boat you get a change of perspective. Now you can think about your mood, and so begins a new mood, drier, and more buoyant.