"I'm stunned when people take seriously what I say socially"by Anna Blundy / April 21, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
A friend of mine once phoned me from work where he’d locked himself into an empty office. “What shall I do?” he asked. “I’ve just found out that she’s been sleeping with Pete this whole time. I thought he was my friend!” I was stunned by this news. “Seriously, I’d chuck a glass of water in her lying face and then go and punch him!” I said. Half an hour later he called me back. “I’ve done it,” he said. And he had. Now he wanted to know how to cope with the office aftermath.
You’d think that would teach me to be a bit more measured with my random advice, but I’m still regularly stunned when people take seriously what I say socially. Since I became entrenched in Freudian/Kleinian theory, I’m often a kind of pseudo-shrink to friends, giving sessions over coffee and drinks and not giving much thought to the impact.