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The Second-in-Command Syndrome
John A. Talbott; Vivian H. Godbey
Psychiatric Services 1975; doi:
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Comprehensive Clinical Service Payne-Whitney Psychiatric Clinic New York, New York; 160 West 94th Street, New York, New York 10025

Columbia University School of Public Health New York, New York; Meyer-Manhattan Psychiatric Hospital in New York City

1975 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Individuals who are second in command in organizations have common problems that result from their role, as illustrated in a hypothetical example of the relationship of a first-in-command and second-in-command in establishing a day hospital. The authors believe that firsts and seconds can function most effectively by accepting inevitabilities—for instance, that competition exists and that perfect communication is impossible—and recognizing that the relationship has great potential for destructiveness as well as many advantages. They discuss the needs to define boundaries on the basis of skills and personality variables and to respect individual identity.

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