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what they needed.
Actually, even assuming that Freudian psychoanalysis can help
some people, can it really do very much for a poor black kid who
has to go back out into that same --
-- no. It can't do any good at all, because it doesn't address
itself to the reality problems in his life. And that's where the way you
have to start. Really, I mean, psychoanalysis, with the, dealing
with the id and the ego and all that stuff, is absolutely irrelevant
to these factors that we have here. It's irrelevant.
What kinds of psychiatric techniques are relevant?
Hm-mm...well, certainly a structured approach is relevant.
That's the main thing. Most analysis is really open-ended, as you know.
The patient does his thing, and the psychiatrist just sits there,
listening, for the most part. Well, these children can't do their
thing with somebody sitting and listening, because their thing is
something like running up the walls. It's aimless. You know, it
has no purpose to it. That's why they're here in the first place.
So the cardinal priority is structure for the children, so they
can begin to see: I have this kind of situation that I'm in; I can
do this or I can do that. And they begin to learn what's constructive
to do. You know, like it's better to learn something than it is to
just run up a wall. You have to give structure first. That's the
I guess the second priority is, you have to face the reality
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