Monthly Archives: January 2019

Spock Therapy


I never knew this, and I doubt even the most ardent Trekkie would know it either. Did you know that Spock had three ears? Yep, it’s true.

One left ear.

One right ear.

And the final front-ear.

[Not original.]

Behavioral Therapy

“I feel lost in my own little world,” Timothy confided. “It’s like I notice people but I don’t notice them at the same time. I don’t know how else to put it.”

[Three minutes of silence.]

“I feel so self-absorbed like I’m stuck in a rut immersed in my own gut. I think people are talking about me. I think they see me but more than that…they see through me. That threw me…for a loop. That’s the scoop. A scoop of poop.”

[Two minutes of silence.]

“I feel like I’m talking to myself, with myself…like I am eavesdropping on a conversation made for one. So, perhaps I have won? Or am I done?”

[One minute of silence.]

“Well, Timothy, I’d like you to try an exercise for me, okay?”

“I want you to go to a place where people hang out, like the mall. And, I want you to notice what kinds of shoes people wear.”

“That’s it? Seems kind of trivial to me.”

“Well, just humor me, okay?”


“I want you to notice the colors of the shoes these people wear. Pick out one person. Write down the color of their shoes, or the colors if there are more than one. Do that for four people, and bring your observations back to our session next week. Can you do that?”




Behavioral therapy attempts to change maladaptive thought patterns via changing behaviors. In this example, Timothy knows he spends too little time thinking about himself and observing his surroundings with a “self-centered” lens. However, he is stuck and doesn’t know how to get out of his conundrum.

His therapist gives him an exercise that might sound elementary, but it is a stroke of genius. Imagine Timothy wanting to learn to play baseball. Would you put him up to bat against a major league pitcher who can throw 95-mile per hour fastballs with pinpoint accuracy? Of course not. And this therapist knows that. This therapist is starting Timothy out with Tee-Ball. She is meeting Timothy at his level, and her assignment is spot on.


For more posts on related topics, click here:  Psychological Therapies




I will not use clichés


I will not compare thee to a rose
Or call the kettle black
I will not see two sides to a coin
Am I getting on the right track?

I will not climb every mountain
Or swim in every sea
I will not utter the question
To be or not to be?

I will not get wound up
Like a tightly woven rope
Or claim that there is nothing
Without a little ray of hope

I will not bore you with this fact:
There aren’t enough hours in the day
I will not watch a pot of water boil
Or call this child’s play

I will not comment that you are
A Monday-morning quarterback
And if you keep my leash this tight
I’ll tell you to cut me some slack

I will not kill two birds with one stone
Or take it day by day
I will not save a stitch for nine
Am I wearing out my stay?

I am not a rolling stone
That collects no visible moss
I am not the shadow of a former self
Because I bear my cross

I will not throw any stones
In my house that’s made of glass
And if you ask me for another cliché
I will tell you to kiss my ass

November 28, 2014

In Theory


So a proton, electron, and neutron go out to lunch. At the end of the meal, the waiter passes a check to the electron and another check to the proton. This doesn’t sit well with the neutron.

“Where’s mine?!” he demands, as the waiter looks at him with humility.

“Well, sir, you are a neutron, and for neutrons, there is no charge.”


[Not an original.]

I am a Wildcat.


Last month, I decided to apply to the psychology programs of four universities:

  • University of Colorado-Denver
  • Washington State University
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Arizona

Today, I received an email congratulating me on my being accepted to the University of Arizona (my top choice). So, at the ripe age of 48, I am returning to fulfill a dream I have had for 30 years: to have a career helping survivors of mental trauma — whether that trauma is organic or environmental.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in 1994, so I should be able to finish my second bachelor’s in less than two years. I should have plenty of options after graduation. Here are a few I am considering:

Working in the field for a year or two, then…

  • Going to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology so I can do research (or have a blended career — research and practice)
  • Going to graduate school to earn a master’s degree in Psychology to become a talk therapist
  • Going to graduate school to earn a double master’s — Psychology and Business Administration
  • Remain working as a bachelor’s level case manager

The great part of this ongoing journey is that I don’t have to decide today. I like that I have options and that, for now, my life is still somewhat unpredictable.

Hope your day has been a good one. 🙂

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