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Difficult Patients

In the movie Fatal Attraction, Michael Douglas, a successful lawyer and married man, has a one-night stand with Glenn Close. When he abandons her, Glenn Close, lonely and disturbed, stalks him and his family. Some therapists view Glenn Close as the classic borderline who cannot tolerate the loss of the previously idealized other. Others view Michael Douglas as the classic narcissist who, out of his own insecurity, thinks only of his own needs. Either of them in a group would stir complex feelings in the therapist and possibly wreak havoc in the group as well.