Peter Savage


Peter Savage

Notes Upon the Case of Pierre M.

Pierre M. was a professional man of forty-three, with a reasonable degree of education and a fairly reliable character.
The patient’s presenting symptoms were raised levels of anxiety, lachrymose tendencies and melancholia.
In the six therapeutic sessions, the patient talked about the conflicting aspects of his self in an articulate and coherent fashion. However it was observed that, when the patient recollected certain relationships, he became notably emotional and his powers of speech were reduced. It was also apparent that he resisted further verbalisation about these matters.

The following observations were recorded:

Confuses attention with love
Fears absence of a relationship more than the wrong relationship
Craves the love of a father
Relives the same event desiring different outcomes
Values objects more than experiences
Is able to describe but not explain

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