Gut Rumbles

January 19, 2005

too sensitive

Did you ever have a dog that you really loved and watch it die when you were a child? I did, and I'll bet that a lot of other kids did, too. Remember all the professional counciling you received for how to handle that grief?

Mine consisted of my daddy helping me dig a hole in the back yard and bury my dog. That was my counciling. After that, I just had to get over it. Oh, I was heartbroken and I really missed my dog--- and I didn't recover right away--- I mourned for about a month. But I survived.

What's the first thing that happens now when any kind of disaster affects a kid's life? TA-DAH!!!! We send a fleet of airplanes carrying "grief councilers" to minister to all the wounded young psyches. Those trained professionals are able to take a child dealing with grief, analyze the problem, and apply therapy techniques that MAKE THAT GRIEF A LIFE-LONG OBSESSION!!!

Somewhere, in between inventing the wheel and curing polio, we managed to create our very own high-tech witch doctors. They are called "councilers" today.

You know what they REALLY do? They pick at scabs. Remember when you were little and you banged up your knee and got a big, ole SCAB over the wound? You wanted to pick at it, but your mama wouldn't let you. "If you keep picking at that, it'll NEVER get well!"

Mama was right, too.

I submit the we have more psychological maladies today, more people requiring therapy, more people suffering from Post-Traumatic-Stress or raving PMS, and more goddam EXCUSES for being fucked-up than we've ever had before because we have COUNCILERS. They're poisoning minds all over the place.

Nothing you do is your own fault anymore. You probably never recovered from the death of your dog when you were ten years old. It's all okay. Just talk about it--- over and over again.

If that ain't picking at a scab, I don't know what is.


It's like that old joke,

"Doctor, Doctor, If I lift my arm like this it hurts"

Dr. says: "Then don't lift your arm like that"

Your mama was right, you pick those scabs, you won't ever heal.

But why don't people understand? If all you do is dwell on the sorry side of life, that is what you'll be, sorry.

Posted by: BeeBee on January 19, 2005 11:58 AM

They keep talking about "closure" but these patients never seem to get there....

Seems to me that they just want to be sure there's no "closure" on the patients' checkbooks!

Posted by: Maggie on January 19, 2005 12:39 PM

Well hell what do you expect all of those people who have a degree in Grief Counceling to do? Damn man four good years of college and a degree in Philosophy has to be worth something.

Posted by: James Old Guy on January 19, 2005 12:56 PM

Finally! Someone has the guts to say it. Therapy and counseling, I think, is a bunch of crap. My husband always says, "What can a counselor tell me that I haven't told myself 100 times?"

That being said, I work with medical records all day. My latest favorite (as a true-blue diagnosis used all of the time) is:


Posted by: Surfie on January 19, 2005 03:14 PM

Damn, saying I have TUD would probably have people backing away from you real quick.It sounds like some exotic std. ....Just what's the matter with saying you're a smoker? Although in today's society it's more acceptable to admitting to NAMBLA membership.(or Democratic Party or Liberal Party membership).....................PS/I am not or ever been a smoker.

Posted by: big al on January 19, 2005 04:12 PM

I am sure you hear this all of the time, but you are a class A-1 asshole, acid.

Posted by: blah on January 19, 2005 10:51 PM

Well, BLAH--- do I get any disability points for that?

Posted by: Acidman on January 19, 2005 11:41 PM

Counselling is 90% bollocks.

Posted by: steve on January 20, 2005 12:08 PM

Some years back I read about a study where they looked at people who just took the "stiff upper lip" approach to traumatic events, such as death of a spouse, and those who wept and wailed and wollowed in their grief. They found (surprise! NOT) that those who stiff-upper-lipped it were much healther psychologically a year or more down the road.

Posted by: LibraryGryffon on January 20, 2005 12:24 PM
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