Eileen Keating, Cert. Psya., Faculty Fellow, Instructor, BGSP
As an idealistic teenager I first encountered and resonated with two quotations: “An unexamined life is not worth living” (Socrates) and “Most men live lives of quiet desperation” (Thoreau). They still resonate.
My first attempt to understand the human condition and more specifically myself and those around me was as a student of literature in college. This led me to my first career as a teacher of English in high school. In this role I became increasingly aware of emotional blocks to learning and interested in finding ways to work with them.
This led to a graduate degree in counseling and my second career as a high school counselor. I was getting closer. Before long, however, the non-counseling demands of the job interfered with my working with students who were desperate for in-depth attention.
In the meantime, I had been exposed to psychoanalysis and was learning just how naïve I had been about self-knowledge and the ability to live a happy life. A multitude of defenses and resistances stand opposed to true self-knowledge and “lives of quiet desperation” are often inevitable because of the compulsion to repeat maladaptive patterns of behavior. My understanding of the human condition deepened and broadened.
Having earned a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from BGSP to add to my license in mental health counseling, I am currently happily engaged in my third career as a psychoanalyst in private practice while continuing my involvement with BGSP in my roles as Faculty Fellow, instructor and life-long learner.