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A possible window into a life in hiding: Put Greig on analyst’s couch

“THE LONG, unlikely journey of Cathy Greig’’ (Page A1, Nov. 20) is a fascinating article about a most enigmatic individual. What can be pieced together through talking to people who have followed her life story only gives us a small part of the picture. To get to the deeper questions of why and how this woman allegedly became so complicit in a life of crime and hiding with Whitey Bulger, we need to access the more hidden story of her emotional ties to her parenting figures.

As we know from psychoanalytic study, it is the unfolding of these “early object ties’’ that creates the deep impressions that lead people to act and to feel as they later do in adulthood. Psychoanalysts are committed to understanding which unconscious forces drive people to choose to behave either for the good of others or in destructive ways.

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If we could only get access to this information, we could really learn about Greig and gain deeper insight into people who bond with criminals and become accessories to crime.

Dr. Kenneth M. Settel

Brookline

The writer is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist.

NBA players need to come to their senses and accept accord

RE “CHARITY game a lockout fallout’’ (Gary Washburn, Sports, Nov. 20): When is a 50-50 deal not fair? When you’re a member of the National Basketball Players Association, which is moving toward decertification.

Playing a glorified pickup game with Celtics teammate Rajon Rondo and other NBA players for the Boston Charity Classic is fun for players, fans, and charities. However, unless star players such as Paul Pierce come to their senses soon, the impending negotiations disaster will become a lost or meaninglessly abbreviated 2011-12 NBA season.

In tough economic times, it’s difficult for hard-pressed fans to fathom the seemingly self-inflicted wound of canceling the season. When the way-above-average checks stop coming in, NBA role players are going to go from admired local sports heroes to sharing the harsh reality of the many millions of jobless people.

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A shutdown of the season will not only affect NBA players and fans, but, more important, will affect employment in peripheral businesses and jobs related to the NBA. Time for wiser heads and the common sense of compromise - a 50-50 deal - to prevail.

Girard J. Fortin

Burlington