chapter  1
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Failing to Cultivate Clinical Strengths

He has earned a Ph.D. in psychology and a postgraduate certi‰cate in analytic treatment. In addition, he has decades of clinical experience. And yet, when a new patient challenges him to explain how treatment will help, he becomes tongue-tied. The patient notices and grows more reluctant. The analyst thinks to himself, “Here it comes. This patient knows that I am a fraud. He sees that I don’t know what I am doing. I am not smart enough to be an analyst. I always knew that I wasn’t good enough material. And, in training, I didn’t really apply myself. I just got through it. I can’t help people. Now it is out. What if word gets around? How will I make a living?”