The Parents


In 1931 my father, who had embezzled money to play the stock market, committed suicide. … My mother began having frightening “heart attacks,” and life seemed precarious indeed. … My mother isn’t going to die of heart failure, she’s a young widow with anxiety neurosis. I decided overnight to become a psychotherapist. … At age sixteen I suffered a second object loss when my mother (who had remarried when I was fourteen) died of ether pneumonia after surgery for a brain tumor.

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