Transcript of 4th Session between Charles Balis, M.D. and Mr. George Landau, Tuesday, February 18, 1997 at 2:00 pm.

Dr. Balis: Hello George.
Mr. Landau: Doctor.
Dr. Balis: I'm glad you could reschedule yesterday to today. I forgot about the President's Day holiday. How have things been since our last session?
Mr. Landau: Just the same.
Dr. Balis: Have you and Mr. Taylor locked horns recently?
Mr. Landau: I'm not really in the mood to talk about him.
Dr. Balis: Okay, what would you like to talk about?
Mr. Landau: I'd sooner not talk about anything. You know I don't want to be here.
Dr. Balis: Has something in particular happened today?
Mr. Landau: No.
Dr. Balis: Then can I ask you about the history of your wrist injury? I notice you're not wearing your brace today.
Mr. Landau: No. I told you, I don't like it.
Dr. Balis: How was CTS diagnosed?
Mr. Landau: They said it was probably from using a keyboard and the mouse thing.
Dr. Balis: Did you consult a doctor through SII?
Mr. Landau: Yes...uh, no. It was our family physician at the time. Dr Harris. He's since moved away.
Dr. Balis: Did you have nerve conduction studies done at that time?
Mr. Landau: Yes, I think so. Uh, yes.
Dr. Balis: What kind of reaction did you get from the company? Mr. Taylor wasn't your boss at that time?
Mr. Landau: No, it was Tom Windsor. He was very good about it. He had me out and about in the departments a lot more so I wouldn't be using my hands all the time.
Dr. Balis: And Mr. Taylor hasn't kept this up?
Mr. Landau: No. He doesn't care if my hands fall off.
Dr. Balis: How do you feel about the pain? Does it stop you from relaxing properly?
Mr. Landau: It's just an irritation, Doctor. There are plenty of irritations in my life.
Dr. Balis: I take it from your tone that I represent one at this moment.
Mr. Landau: I'm not in the mood for this today.
Dr. Balis: Yes, I can feel your resistance.
Mr. Landau: Why don't you talk for awhile, Doctor? I don't want to come here. You get paid for these sessions while I fall behind in my work. It doesn't seem fair to me. Why don't you talk about your fears and I'll sit here and probe you?
Dr. Balis: Alright, I have a suggestion to make. Since you are worried about your position being threatened by younger, high-tech graduates, why not go on the offensive?
Mr. Landau: What do you mean?
Dr. Balis: Acquire some new skills. Pick an area you feel weak in and be aggressive about learning it.
Mr. Landau: I'm not a very aggressive person, Doctor.
Dr. Balis: I mean enthusiastic, really. If you're obviously working hard to stay on the leading edge of technology, Mr. Taylor can hardly justify replacing you on technical grounds.
Mr. Landau: I don't think that would matter very much.
Dr. Balis: At least it's a positive step to tackle the problem.
Mr. Landau: I don't want to.
Dr. Balis: Ah. That's different.
Mr. Landau: I get sent on enough training courses as it is.
Dr. Balis: And you don't enjoy them?
Mr. Landau: I thought you were supposed to be making me feel better, Doctor. I'm feeling worse and worse.
Dr. Balis: Would you prefer that we cut our session short today?
Mr. Landau: Yes. I can't answer all these questions. It's too much. I've been working all day. I'm tired.
Dr. Balis: That's okay. We can try again next week.
Mr. Landau: Don't you ever feel like a parasite, Doctor? Making a living from people's inadequacies. Pressing them for their intimate secrets.
Dr. Balis: I might if I was seeking entertainment instead of trying to help them. I'll see you on Monday, February 24th at 2 pm?
Mr. Landau: Alright. Goodbye Doctor.
Dr. Balis: Goodbye George.
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