By Simon Yisreal Feuerman
The New York Times - Opinionator
Originally published August 25, 2015
I didn’t want him to show up.
He was a bright, handsome and winning patient. His first three sessions had been perfectly ordinary. And yet a few minutes before his fourth session, I found myself ardently wishing for him not to come.
This feeling was puzzling. It had overtaken me suddenly.
My patient was in his late 20s and had decided to enter therapy, as he explained in his first session, because he did not have enough confidence. He talked about not being able to think for himself and make his own decisions, not being able to hold his own at work or find his way when he was around women. He found that he stammered a lot and said the “wrong” things.
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