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Life of the mind: The limits of confidentiality

"The important issue for anyone training is that we have to be able to learn from the experience of others. If nobody ever related patients’ stories then this would be impossible"

By Anna Blundy   April 2015

anonymous-438427_1280 I’m on a flight to Frankfurt sitting next to a Colombian woman who is married to an Englishman. She’s complaining about his lack of passion, his reserve, his failure to satisfy her physical needs. “I have a psychotherapy patient from Latin America. She has an English husband and says a lot of the same things as you,” I say. My patient is clear in my mind—her words and mannerisms are so familiar to me—and yet I feel I shouldn’t be talking about her to this stranger on a plane, even though I…

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