It’s not ‘will’ but the stories we tell ourselves, that give us power–or have power over us.
Do I take the day off, or go to City Hall “just to see how things are going?” Do I go the Wine and Spirit Store, or save the money and do without? Such choices are made, not by “will,” but by imagination.
If I find myself trapped by habit, by neurotic compulsion… –what are the stories I’ve been telling myself?
But then, imagination is all entangled with desire, so the question is, what do I want? But what I want is shaped by the stories that have shaped me. So who and what is it that tells us our stories?
Why psychoanalysis has more to tell about about ourselves than any of the behavior modification theories.