*End of a Game
*End of a Game
Author: Nancy Huddleston Packer
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The course of individual psychotherapy, by its very nature, ex­cludes significant others in the patient’s life. The excluded spouse, es­pecially, is vulnerable to feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. In “End of a Game,” Nancy Huddleston Packer depicts the anguish of a spouse, Charles Andress, who is outside the therapy experience. He agonizes over his wife’s relationship with her therapist and, like a jealous lover, envisions the therapist as a competitor. As can often happen when the outsider consults the therapist, Andress feels demeaned, ignorant, and embarrassed. With his wife he feels inadequate, plagued by the ques­tion “Why isn't my type of love healing?” (31 pp.)

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