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"It may be time for a bit of bluff-calling, saying that you’re sorry, but you can’t attend without your partner"
"Tell her that when she says there’s no hope, she should remember that it’s her depression speaking and not her. And get her to see a doctor"
'I want to see my friends more and more - He spends his time gardening, reading and writing a history of his family.'
"They see their emotional breakdown as a weakness rather than simply a sign of perfectly normal humanity. They’re ashamed of themselves."
"While some memories are successfully buried so deep that they can never rise to the surface, others demand attention"
'This tedious boasting is almost certainly the result of deep insecurity'
"You may realise that it wouldn’t be too bad after all"
"Dissatisfaction is her natural setting. It’s her comfort zone, and where she feels safest."
"You can’t force him to want to live, to find sources of energy to make him welcome chemotherapy"
"It could be that she feels, at some subconscious level, that she’s performing an important role in the play of her son’s life"
"To get back on friendly terms after being so badly treated doesn’t reflect well on how you think about yourself"
"They seem to think that shouting and then imagining that it has all blown over after five minutes is a morally superior way of behaving"
"The art of making friends is simply a social skill, not something that comes naturally to anyone unless they’ve been brought up in a social environment"
"Tell her how hurt you feel when she distances herself from you, and explain that you're frightened of her behaving the same way yet again"
"The sad truth is that this boy is gone. He is not hiding underneath, under a sea of madness. He has been transformed completely."
"I’ve experienced dilemmas of this kind myself in the past, and been sorely tempted to sneak in, grab the money and run"