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15 Jul 2008

Curious
I am not picking on any of the posts but I wondered if CS and other psychiatrists/cologists ever get impatient with people. Don't you ever feel like telling them to grow up, get a life and how they he--l are they going to react when a real problem comes along?

Doesn't it depress you listening to people's troubles all day?

Just curious.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Obviously it can be annoying at times, and though one musrt remember that something may seem a major problem to someone while apprearing trivial to anyone else, one can't altogether follow that argument too far --- to a kugel, breaking one's artificial finger-nail can seema catastrophe. But I don't think that means we have to accept her self-evaluation, and treat the split nail as fully equivalent to someone else's major bereavement or earthquake. It is a vital lesson people need to learn, to keep their life and its events in proportion, and not to needlessly magnify their concerns.
And some people do now, much more than in earlier years, use this forum for very minor issues. I am reminded of the story an American educator told about a little black boy in an inner city ghetto, who was asked by his teacher how many legs a lobster has. He responded : " Oh boy, Miss, I sure wish I had YOUR problems !"
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