I’ve only known a few people in analysis, because after all, it’s very class restricted because of the expense. (I did know the son of a prominent analyst, though.) I don’t really care what people do to cope, as long as it doesn’t hurt themselves or innocent bystanders — but it should help, right? There should be some kind of progress.
That’s why I don’t get people like this. To spend 40 years in analysis, and the main thing you get out of it is the idea that you haven’t yet found the right analyist? Oy.