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Life of the mind: Why must I constantly defend my profession

"My friend is, I think very frightened of ideas that might undermine her belief system,"

By Anna Blundy   August 2016

I was having coffee with a friend the other day and said I had to go because I had patients to see. “Oh,” she said, wincing. “I’d forgotten you do that.” This was odd in itself, because for years I must have been avoiding talking to her about psychoanalytic theory for fear of offending her (it’s normally very difficult to get me off the subject) or, rather, for fear of her offending me. Then I saw her face light up as a “joke” leapt into her mind.…

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