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Life of the mind: When small-talk’s a miracle

"I know this all sounds like minor stuff, but, given where we started, it’s huge."

By Anna Blundy   February 2017

Psychotherapy works. There are studies that show this and there might be (crap) studies that show the opposite. Someone to talk to for the first time? Having a space in which to be seen and heard? The application of Freudian theory itself? Opinions differ. And in terms of “works,” well, it’s all relative.

But, purely anecdotally speaking, there does appear to be a common trajectory.

First, there’s a period of total denial that the problems that bring us to psychotherapy have anything to do with us personally. So someone with tattoos,…

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