The patient was quite unselfconscious about his unusual behavior. Later, when it was called to his attention, he rightly pointed out that it was entirely characteristic of his dealings with people in general-he kept them at a distance by making them feel that he wanted nothing from them. As a consequence, he became intimate only with people who were interested in having their own needs met without offering reciprocity. That is how he became involved in his burdensome marriage. He was most comfortable in his relationship with his infant son, whose age-appropriate receptivity to the patient's preferred mode of relating delighted the patient. He became concerned, however, about the predictable disruption of this unbalanced state of affairs, for he began to remember that he had found intolerable his own mother's insistence on doing "too much" for him.