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Kuchuck, S. (2013). When Two Become Four: Patient, Analyst, Lover, Friend. Psychoanal. Perspect., 10(2):220-234.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 10(2):220-234


When Two Become Four: Patient, Analyst, Lover, Friend

Steven Kuchuck, LCSW

Even before he spoke, I felt something different that day. Michael looked more relaxed, lighter even, as he lay down on the couch. A smile crept onto his face as he settled in and began to speak. “Well,” he said, “I have some possible good news on the dating front, for a change.”

He's happy and hopeful and at this point, I am too. But it's only seconds before my stomach sinks, my heart pounds; I'm grateful for the couch. Head spinning, words flood and then recede.

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