CHAPTER EIGHT
Systematic Self-Analysis of a Morbid Dependency

No amount of description, regardless of how carefully it is presented, can convey an adequate impression of exactly what is involved in the process of reaching an understanding of oneself. Therefore instead of discussing this process in detail I shall present an extensive example of self-analysis. It deals with a woman's morbid dependency on a man, a problem which for many reasons is frequent in our civilization.

The situation described would be interesting enough if it were regarded merely as a common feminine problem. But its importance extends beyond the feminine sphere. An involuntary and in a deeper sense unwarranted dependency upon another person is a problem known to nearly everyone. Most of us deal with one or another aspect of it at one or another period of our lives,

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