The Case of the Passive-Aggressive Clerk

by Carol W. Berman, M.D.

August 19, 2011

Janine* had been working as a post office clerk for 25 years. Whenever she felt inadequate, she would tell herself that she really was destined for more prestigious work, but circumstances had always gone against her. She had been born to a single, impoverished and abusive mother who discouraged Janine from even finishing high school. Then, her brief marriage to a sadistic man produced a son who lived off her salary, smoking crack whenever he could…

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