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By Judith Rossner

Initially released in paper shape, via Houghton Mifflin, 1983 (ISBN: 03953397)

From the New York Times bestselling writer of Looking for Mr. Goodbar— the tale of 2 ladies, a psychoanalyst and her sufferer who support one another via very diversified sessions of their lives.

When sunrise Henley, the attractive, proficient Barnard university freshman steps into psychoanalyst Dr. Lulu Shinefeld’s workplace, she’s instantly intrigued. What can have pushed this lady to such severe degrees of melancholy? Over the process 5 years, Dawn’s strange and tortured formative years is drawn out, and either ladies are necessarily replaced.

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Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, and George Eliot all had a "theory" of the mind, and it would be possible to distil it out from their writings. Our imaginary Professor of Psychotherapy is in a way right to offer all these alternatives, but, in the way it is presented, it cannot meet the emotional seekings of each individual. I also believe that we frequently try to make too sophisticated an offering to our students. It may not be folly but an act of courage to encourage students to follow their inner emotional signal.

The patient perceives the analyst to be behaving like his mother or father, or brother or sister. In a psychotic transference, however, the analyst is believed to be the patient's mother or father, or brother or sister. I well remember how taken aback I was when I realized that a patient thought I was his mother. On another occasion, a girl thought I was her boyfriend. In such a transference, the analyst is totally fused with another figure. But it is not only that the analyst is fused with another important figure in the patient's life, but also that the patient is fused with the analyst.

In fact, this patient had held herself together through a very rigid political ideology to which she clung, plus a job that was principally concerned with statistics for demographic purposes. This patient's breakdown, then, revealed a total absence of a functional imagination, and my response had been to offer her the use of my own imagination until such time as she had sufficient confidence in herself to begin to use her own. In fact, things are not quite as simple as that, because if there has never been an imagination, an internal picture-making, pattern-making faculty, there is just chaos.

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