As Sean points out in a memorable conversation during the fifth session, no matter how hard Will is trying to make everybody believe he’s satisfied with his life, it’s actually Will himself who took the first step towards something new. Why did you work at the most prestigious technical college in the whole fucking world?
” There is someone within him that’s looking for achieving more of his potential.
Even when he talks about Will’s past traumas, he uses common words instead of psychoanalytical categories.
Over the sessions Sean creates an alliance with Will’s innermost being – the part of him that had secretly desired to be discovered.
He takes him seriously as a person and his ‘whole being is involved’ in the encounter.
He ‘withholds nothing’, not even his anger and frustration.The boy could easily have used the fact of being attacked by the therapist against him: instead he seems to feel that he is being taken seriously by someone.In “The ‘I’ is profoundly influenced by the relationship with the ‘Thou’.Will makes Sean lose his temper at the first meeting by insulting his late wife; in return, Sean touches Will’s sore spot during the second session when he points out that behind the impressive intelligence and accompanying arrogance there hides an inexperienced, timid boy.But his relationship with Sean enables Will to face his fears and find the inner resources to move on, leave his safe environment, make use of his impressive genius, and take the courage to go after the girl.He sees Will as a member of an exceptional category: as ‘a prodigy’, as ‘the new Einstein’, as a huge potential that needs to be groomed so that he can contribute to the progress of humanity; but he doesn’t see him as ‘Thou’: he may act as a benefactor and a mentor, but he never actually ‘meets’ Will.By contrast, Sean is touched by Will from the first moment.But when one relates to a ‘Thou’, one's whole being is involved; nothing can be withheld” (p.365).Lambeau’s relationship to Will would be an example of an I-It relationship.Thanks to the mathematician’s intervention, Will can avoid a jail sentence, but only if he agrees to regularly see a therapist.After several failed attempts with various therapists, Will finally accepts the authority of Sean, a childhood friend of Lambeau.