Does boarding school harm you for life?
Wednesday, September 2
In the week when parents drive their children off to boarding school, a psychotherapist discusses the long-term drawbacks
In 1990, a 44-year-old, married, well-educated, personable father of three named Theo walked into Joy Schaverien’s consulting room. Theo had been driven to seek therapy because of his mounting black moods. They were “poisonous”, his wife had told him and seemed to be getting worse. Yet they remained inexplicable to Theo. Then one day Theo mentioned to Joy that he’d been sent to boarding school aged eight. “And it just poured out of him,” Schaverien remembers.
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