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The Possible Profession:The Analytic Process of Change by Theodore J. Jacobs

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17

Travels With Charlie

On My Longstanding Affair with Theory

The title of this chapter refers not to one, but to two Charlies, both influential figures in my life, both now deceased. One was my Uncle Charles, a devilish fellow, who had as his mistress a woman he continually fought with, repeatedly condemned as an impossible person—and clung to for over half a century. The other Charles was Charles Brenner, a friend, mentor, guide, and occasional adversary in debates, who played a major role in my development as an analyst.

Like my Uncle Charlie, I, too, have a mistress, an Irish lass by the name of Miss O’Theory, whom I fight with, distance myself from, try to shed—and dearly need.

She is a presence in my life that, despite my objection to her ...

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