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Dunno... ace

Posted by Racer on July 26, 2005, at 23:39:47 [reposted on July 28, 2005, at 18:14:07 | original URL]

In reply to Re: bad shrinks fairywings, posted by ace on July 26, 2005, at 23:01:15

> >
> > > I intend to be one of these shrinks....
> > >
> > > Ace
> >
> > Hi Ace,
> > I think mine would fall into that 10%.
> > So, are you in school to become a psychiatrist? I wish you well, it can't be an easy job.
> > fairywings
>
>
>
> A lot of shrinks seem uncaring because they keep a clear line between patient and doctor. That's why some appear they don't care. They do this to protect themselves from vicarious trauma.


I don't know that I completely agree with this. In the case of my last psychiatrist, Dr EyeCandy, I was -- and still am -- convinced that he maintained a thick wall between himself and his patients because it was necessary to his ego to see "us" as somehow completely alien to him. I always got the impression that he felt insecure whenever he realized that I wasn't all that different from him in some ways, that whole "there but the grace of God" thing, if that makes sense? I sometimes thought that part of his lack of urgency in my treatment was just wanting me to remain "different" from him, so that he wouldn't feel threatened by how much of him being on one side of the desk and me on the other was sheer luck, you know?

Just my own little view, though. And while I think I'd be fascinated by neuroanatomy, I'm so glad I'll never be graded on it!


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