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THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

On one’s journey of spiritual growth, one must often take new, unfamiliar actions, in consonance with one’s new world view. Behaving differently than one has behaved before may represent an extraordinary personal risk. The passive young man for the first time asks a girl for a date. The person who has never trusted anyone lies down for the first time on the analyst’s couch, allowing the analyst to be hidden from view. The previously dependent housewife announces to her controlling husband that she is obtaining a job. The emotionally distant, seemingly self-sufficient strongman first allows himself to weep in public.