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Naiburg, S. (2018). Brian, Psychosis, and the Language of Love. Psychoanal. Self. Cxt., 13(1):58-64.

(2018). Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context, 13(1):58-64

Brian, Psychosis, and the Language of Love

Suzi Naiburg, Ph.D., LICSW

Brian grew up in poverty, dropped out of high school at sixteen, and was homeless and psychotic at eighteen. At fifty, he is more than a survivor of poverty, neglect, abuse, and the onset of schizophrenia. When I began to see him for psychotherapy in 1999, I could not have known he would teach me an invaluable lesson about speaking the language of love with a patient. But he did. This is the story of how that happened.

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