I would like to know why it is so important for a therapist to take a neutral emotional stand with a patient. It seems very unfair when a patient forms an attachment or affection for a therapist, tells them their innermost thoughts and feelings, and begins to feel that desire for closeness -- yet be told that their feelings cannot be reciprocated. How is this different from abusive relationships in the past where the patient loved and put trust in another person who was withholding and aloof?
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