chapter  19
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The core self in the psychotherapeutic field

A young student, who consulted with me, initially complained that he found it difficult to sit in the university auditorium because he suffered from fears that everyone could hear the noise he made when swallowing. This prevented him from concentrating on the lecture. All he could think of were his swallowing noises, which made him feel horribly embarrassed. So he was clearly feeling exposed, observed, and even annihilated by the other students, in terms of his own self-esteem.