It almost looks as if analysis were the third of those ‘impossible’ professions in which one can be sure beforehand of achieving unsatisfying results. The other two, which have been known much longer, are education and government: Sigmund Freud

by Julia Evans on January 2, 1937

Quote from Sigmund Freud, who wrote this 75 years ago, [i] as follows:

And finally we must not forget that the analytic relationship is based on a love of truth – that is, on a recognition of reality – and that it precludes any kind of sham or deceit. Here let us pause for a moment to assure the analyst that he has our sincere sympathy in the very exacting demands he has to fulfil in carrying out his activities. It almost looks as if analysis were the third of those ‘impossible’ professions in which one can be sure beforehand of achieving unsatisfying results. The other two, which have been known much longer, are education and government. Obviously we cannot demand that the prospective analyst should be a perfect being before he takes up analysis, in other words that only persons of such high and rare perfection should enter the profession. But where and how is the poor wretch to acquire the ideal qualifications which he will need in his profession? The answer is, in an analysis of himself, with which his preparation for his future activity begins.

[i] Sigmund Freud (1937c) ‘Analysis Terminable and Interminable’ Standard Edition (The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols), Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psycho-Analysis, London 1953-74.)  Vol 23, p211 onwards

or

Freud, S., ‘Analysis Terminable and Interminable’ in Wild Analysis, transl. by A. Bance, Penguin, 2002