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November 1976

Illness in a Therapist— Loss of Omnipotence

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1976;33(11):1327-1328. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1976.01770110055004

• This article describes one psychotherapist's discovery through his own acute illness, of his use of omnipotence as an unconscious defense mechanism while working with patients. It includes his patients' reactions to his "loss of omnipotence" and the insights he gained from the experience.