To her, it was as if he were two people.

“He was actually quite arrogant and could be quite obnoxious, and was also deeply, it seemed, insecure,” she said.

But when she wrote to Cho about his behavior in Giovanni’s class, Roy received what she described as “a pretty strident response.”

“It was a vigorous defense of the self,” she said. “He clearly felt that he was in the right and that the professor was in the wrong. It was the kind of tone that I would never have used as an undergraduate at a faculty member.”

She felt he fancied himself a loner, but she wasn’t sure what underlay that feeling.

“I mean, if you see yourself as a loner, sometimes that means you feel very isolated and insecure and inferior. Or it can mean that you feel quite superior to others, because you’ve distanced yourself. And I think he went from one extreme to another.”

[You know, for an amateur, in terms of psychological counseling, Roy seems great. But the problem here is that Cho needed very competent professional help. And that brings us to another issue, so often, when mentally ill people are locked up or referred to treatment, this is often thrown out as the end of the case and problem. S/he was referred, problem solved. Few people have in mind that “professional” is a label, and if “prefessional” is not accompanied by “competent,” you are at square one again or minus one, if the so-called professional is detrimental to the patient’s well being.]

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