Psychoanalysis is usually criticized for its rigid rules referred to as the setting. A patient meets his psychoanalyst 5 times a week for 50 minutes always at the same time and place. Meetings cannot be canceled, extended or moved. If the patient does not come, his psychoanalyst waits for him and expects the payment anyway. The rationale is that the patient cannot destroy his psychoanalytical space.
Although, psychoanalysis has always had the greatest influence on me, recently, I have had more opportunities to dive into Zen meditation. I was struck by the many similarities between both techniques which motivated me to consolidate my understanding of these two techniques.
I’m going to treat them only as mental techniques and separate them from their religious, spiritual or philosophical aspects.