OK – I know you don’t but I needed to hook you in! This sketch has me laughing every time I watch it. I guess it’s a good refection of how some people think about mental health issues. It can be hard to get our heads around why people do certain things, especially if they are self destructive and repeatedly cause emotional or physical pain for the person who is doing it.
In the sketch Bob Newhart’s therapist shows a complete lack of any of the skills we need as therapists: empathy, genuineness, kindness and the curiosity needed to work out what is going on for our clients. Eric Berne talked about this as seeing with ‘alien eyes’; what would the behaviour look like to an alien beamed from outer space who had no understanding of our human ways?
Anyway, enjoy the clip. Please comment on the post in the “speak your mind” section and let me know how long you laughed for (and if it brings anything up for you).