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Why seeing a patient after the counsellor is so difficult

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 17 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1679
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    “I know now that I haven't resolved my inner conflicts. I have to come to terms with the emotional violence I've suffered and learn to do what I want to do.” The “I” is always italicised in the inflection. “My counsellor says that I am far too generous and must learn to live life on my terms.”

    Why is it that we feel such profound fatigue when faced with the regurgitated views of the counsellor? It is …

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