Nor does Cournos fail to comment on her own story. She makes generalizing statements, clearly bringing to the book her expertise as a psychiatrist, and she attempts to teach. For example, she writes that "each stage of life reawakens old memories that need to be faced yet again, and the trauma of early parental loss reasserts itself in different forms throughout a lifetime." And, "There must be something wrong with me, I concluded, or my family wouldn't have given me away. In a sense, it was better if it was my fault, since I firmly believed that what I had caused I could surely correct." And, "Orphan adolescents have a terrible dilemma: they have a developmental need to break away, but their parents have beaten them to the punch."