Thursday, August 26, 2010

Moving Right Along...

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and IndonesiaTall Penguin sees her psychiatrist.  Tall Penguin shares story of heartbreak and grief over a lost love and her attempts to come to terms with the situation.  Psychiatrist recommends Tall Penguin read "Eat, Pray, Love" and/or see the film as "homework".  Tall Penguin is now looking for a new psychiatrist.

It could've been worse.  Psychiatrist could've recommended Tall Penguin read, "The Secret" or its equally abhorrent companion, "The Power", at which point Tall Penguin would've released years of "repressed rage" on psychiatrist and been subsequently sedated and hospitalized. 

Sigh.  It's a sad day when you realize that you're more intelligent than your therapist. 

tall penguin

6 comments:

Umlud said...

At least psychiatrist didn't suggest that you read Atlas Shrugged. But seriously: Eat, Pray, Love?

tall penguin said...

Yup, seriously.

Granted, she's only been my drug pusher/monitor for the past year. I haven't shared much of my story with her, aside from a bit of the JW stuff. I figured I'd see how she did with this matter. And, well, I'm not impressed.

It is possible that I could be over-reacting and maybe she's not as misguided and unintelligent as I think she is, but I doubt it. If I'm going to do therapy, I want someone who can analyze things in a way I haven't thought of yet. I want someone to probe the angles that perhaps I've missed, not shell out platitudes and recommend the emotional porn that is Eat,Pray, Love. I'm looking to confront reality as it is, not be hyped up by one woman's navel-gazing, over-the-top, "the universe loves me" world journey. If I wanted schlocky self-help I wouldn't be seeing a therapist.

Andrew, York said...

"It is possible that I could be over-reacting and maybe she's not as misguided and unintelligent as I think she is, but I doubt it."

Think of your opinion of those who buy this book to find meaning (and simultaneously can't spot the hundreds of copies around them). Then think of your opinion of those with, allegedly, an education, whom you pay to suggest you become one of those buyers - and doubt no longer.

tall penguin said...

Well said, Andrew. Thank you.

Rahul said...

I think I saw a similar outcome in a recent episode of the sitcom "Big Bang Theory". This leads me to believe that your "therapist" is just trying to get you to join the masses, watch American TV, read pulp fiction, etc. - because she probably thinks that feeling like you are just like everyone else in society will make you happier.

tall penguin said...

"she probably thinks that feeling like you are just like everyone else in society will make you happier."

Indeed, Rahul. Of course, some would argue that that's the goal of therapy. Not my thing though, quite obviously.

To her credit, she's a great psychiatrist. She knows her meds, is supportive of my ongoing journey to be well and is truly an advocate for the patient. We just have differing worldviews.