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Remember all her crying-maybe she deserves a rest . . Dr. M: You worry too much about her. She is there to do treatment, and either she can and will do it or she can't and won't. Therapist A: Yes, I really do get caught up with the poor little girl. " Mrs . A replies, "Not until I tell you about religion. My mother thought I was bad; she didn't trust me. My stepmother is not so bad, but she would never love me becau se I always represented my mother to her. " Dr. M: At the end of that session, you could have done a reprise.

Therapist A: Then she shifts to her brother. " Dr. M: She is doing the therapy now. When you investigate these tangential issues, you are not following her. Maybe you felt lost at that point and wondered where to go or what to do. In that case, let the patient talk until you figure out what to do. Therapist A: She then relates a long, boring story about a fight with her mother at Christmas dinner. She drank too much again and fought fiercely with her parents and then passed out. But her children were wonderful, even though they could have been very angry because the fight was her fault.

A claims that she doesn't know how to start, but talks about her son and shows me his picture. Dr. M: She returns to the object. Therapist A: Then she says, "I'd like to work on me because I'm going to my parents' for Christmas. " She says, "I know. " But she talks about it now in a very intellectual detached way. Dr. M: So since she has relinquished her defensive use of the object to talk, now she will return to the self- but with no affect. This is the second defense. You need to pick it up and point it out.

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