As a first-year psychiatric resident moonlighting one night a week at the Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall, I was asked to resolve all sorts of impossible situations. Around 2:00 a.m. one rainy night I was called to deal with an adolescent girl who had escaped and was now on the roof of the six-story building, throwing roof tiles at the staff assembled below. Suddenly, in the staff's eyes, my professional image was transformed from that of "the shrink," whom perhaps they did not think of as a real doctor, to "Wonder Woman," who could influence an impossibly violent juvenile. "Talk her down," they said. I hesitated, thinking that somehow I ought to be able to do as they asked. Then reality prevailed. "You get her off the roof," I said, "and then I'll talk her down."