How much to I want to continue to read: 7/10

I like the humor, and the profound insights in human behaviours / mental way of thinking.
I think we can learn much about human nature and thus about ourselves, reading those stories between a therapist and her patients.
I want to read more of it.


The eminent Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung said this:
“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.”

But he also said this:
“Who looks inside, awakes.”

Author’s Note

“How do we change?” --> “In relation to others.”

to reveal our shared humanity so that we can see ourselves more clearly.
if you see yourself in these pages, it’s both coincidental and intentional.

Part One

1. Idiots

Why, he wants to know, is the world filled with so many idiots?
Are they born this way? Do they become this way? Maybe it's because of the artificial chemicals that are added to the food we eat nowadays.
“That’s why I try to eat organic,” he says. “So I don’t become an idiot like everyone else.”
I am his new therapist. (His previous therapist, who lasted just three sessions, was “nice, but an idiot.”)

During my training, a supervisor once told me, “There’s something likable in everyone”
It’s impossible to get to know people deeply and not come to like them.

I know a lot about pain.
But I also know something less commonly understood: that change and loss travel together.
We can’t have change without loss, which is why so often people say they want change but nonetheless stay exactly the same.
To help John, I’m going to have to figure out what his loss would be, but first, I’m going to have to understand mine.

One of the most important steps in therapy is helping people take responsibility for their current predicaments, because once they realize that they can (and must) construct their own lives, they’re free to generate change.
Often, though, people carry around the belief that the majority of their problems are circumstantial or situational.

sometimes—more often than we tend to realize—those difficult people are us.

Therapy is far from one-sided; it happens in a parallel process.
We are mirrors reflecting mirrors reflecting mirrors, showing one another what we can’t yet see.