Jonah and I chat. Jonah is another kid who is constantly disruptive.

He says, “I know what I need to do. I just wish I knew how to do it.”

My wife would say that Jonah is a perfect candidate for psychodynamic psychotherapy. He’s bright. He understands the effects his actions have upon others and upon himself. He wants what kids his age want: he wants to love and be loved.

But all he knows is how to get negative attention. He has almost no capacity for comforting himself.

For which he soon will be kicked out of this school, sent to another, and so on until he is sixteen.


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