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Re: Don't pay attention to that man behind the curtain

Posted by: Charles Balis <>
Date: Tuesday, 17 February 1998, at 10:41 p.m.

In Response To: Don't pay attention to that man behind the curtain (Sharon)

> loosly said: While I'm here, the doctor's dialog
> does seem real, but I still want to know more about
> him as a person. My question: is it better to reveal
> little about the doctor so that we can all invent
> what we want to about him? Does anyone other than
> me want more details to slip into his sessions or,
> better yet, his notes?

> I think it would be cool. I think more info
> about the doctor - his frame of reference, his treatment
> theories, etc - would help us all create a more
> consistent picture of who he is. I'd like to see
> a few of the characters run into him outside of
> his office.

> Sharon

You know, I started writing a few thoughts in my journal--including some dreams and even a date that I went on--in the early days. But, with the exception of my feelings about Anna and an outing or two, I've tried to keep my journals clinical since then. I think it helps my patients if they have a blank slate that they can project onto. A simple example--would a patient be able to tell you about their homosexual fantasies if they were looking at a photograph on your desk of your wife and children? It's better if they can imagine that you have similar thoughts, or at least understand them.

But maybe I have been too stiff of late. I'll consider letting an occasional personal tidbit slip through in the future.

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