Doormats, Vultures, and Copers

  • Elizabeth Hughes Schneewind New York City Department for the Aging


The client described in this narrative was an eighty-year-old childless widow experiencing depression, loneliness, and fears. Through narrative therapy counseling, she attained a new conception of relations with others and learned how to better meet her needs without becoming wither a "vulture" or a "doormat." This case illustrates the capacity of older people to make substantial, beneficial changes.

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