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This bank belonged to my grandmother Zelma. It still works, but in a very intentional way. The bank is only able to be opened when it contains $10. I feel like $10 is a pretty decent amount of money to save away in a piggy bank. I imagine at the time this was used, I believe when Zelma was a child, $10 was quite a small fortune. Perhaps enough for a child to save over a few years. Each time a coin is entered, the lever is pulled and the total amount of money in the bank is calculated and displayed in the dials. As you can imagine, I love everything about this slow and steady accumulation of rewards. Whether it's referred to as the long con, long ball, or a long walk around the block, psychoanalysis is known in the psychotherapeutic community as the long way around. No shortcuts. Hardly ever. It's slow, deep, and intentional, and relies on the exploration of many seemingly small discoveries that add up to major moments and change. Much like the anxiety waiting for the bank to reach to $10, a lot of the psychoanalytic process is fraught with similar feelings. Anxiety, a wondering of when you will get there, see rewards, grow and change. Both the bank and the psychoanalytic process model a little bit at a time over time, and time, and time. So why save? Why take the long way? This is an answer I could defend as a clinician, but in this moment, it might be more important to acknowledge there are a lot of different ways to acquire, save, change, process, be. Lots of different piggy banks, lots of different ways of processing. All abide by the sooner you start, the sooner you reap the rewards.

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