Almost invariably, a professional man becomes the captive of his chosen profession. His training and his subsequent experience in practice leave an indelible mark. It is often said that married couples grow to look like each other, and in extreme cases like their dogs. So lawyers, accountants, bank managers, doctors and perhaps even psychiatrists appear to take on a stereotyped form. The cartoonist spots the uniform clothes, the rimless glasses or the mid-European accent, as the trade mark of the particular profession. But more crucially there is also the growth of stereotyped modes of thought, of common assumptions and traditional patterns of argument which are to a large extent subconscious and so more likely to pass unnoticed.
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