Desire and wanting is so important to storytelling that it’s entered popular culture as a kind of parody. The cartoonishly egocentric actor whining, “But what’s my motivation!?” is an extreme form of a very real analytical tool for the humanities. Knowing what a character desires and how they go about getting what they want is the linchpin of any kind of narrative.
Healthcare work requires mastery. Sayantani DasGupta reminds us that the patient isn’t one of the things that can be mastered.