Is it often assumed that people who go into therapy are less mentally healthy than those who do not go into therapy. However, my own research suggests that this is not necessarily true. Functional neurotics (that is, you and I) who receive therapy—at least two years of therapy or more—are generally healthier than those who do not receive therapy. Those who do not receive therapy often delude themselves into thinking they are mentally healthier, but they are not.
People who stay in therapy, particular a psychodynamic therapy in which they get in touch with themselves and learn to know themselves in the Freudian as well as the Socratic or Daoist sense, develop a balanced attitude toward life. As they become more aware of their unconscious, they are able to let go of aspects of their personality that are detrimental and to actualize parts that are more beneficial.