PSYCHVINE

Category: Anger

No matter where you live in the world, you may have strong emotions about the recent U.S. election.  Millions of those living in the United States have expressed intense frustration, anger, rage, disbelief, depression, despair, anxiety, fear, and pessimism.  Others feel joy and extreme optimism about the future now that Donald Trump has won. Today’s headlines about possible Russian interference in the election has stunned many people while others seemingly feel indifferent or complacent about that ominous possibility.  Another bombshell…

I grew up in Detroit during the good times. My father worked in the auto industry for 36 years. He was able to provide a stable, good, middle class life for his family and see both of his children through college. I was a loyal American car buyer until the late 70’s and the oil crisis. I bought my first Toyota in 1979. I felt a little bad about it at the time. Over the years, I bought a few…

 “Hello, Fred. Welcome back,” Dr. Smelt says as she ushers Fred into her office.   “Thanks for seeing me so quickly. I’m surprised you work on Black Friday. Does that mean the session is half price?”   Dr. Smelt laughs, “Actually, I find that this time of year is especially busy. And I hate to shop in crowds. So, Fred, last time I saw you was several months ago. You cancelled your last appointment and then didn’t make any further ones. What…

Earlier in the session, Dr. Smelt suggested that Fred’s self view of being stupid might not be accurate. Here’s what transpires next: Fred smirks, “Oh sure, we can look at other ways to view this, but I do believe I’m right.” Dr. Smelt notes, “Let’s not turn this into a contest of who’s right. How about instead, I give you a series of questions to think about and then see if you look at your thoughts differently once you consider…

Dr. Smelt and Fred discuss thought sheets for the first half of session four. He begins to see how situations, thoughts, feelings, and more reasonable thoughts link together. Dr. Smelt then remembers that Fred had begun this session with noting a problem at work. Therefore, she says, “Now that we’ve gone over this first thought sheet, I’m wondering if you’d like to tackle the second agenda item you mentioned at the start of this session?” “Oh, yes. I suppose we…

During session 3, Dr. Smelt helped Fred understand the connection between his thoughts and feelings. Fred agreed to complete several written exercises called thought sheets during the week. Today he brings into the session his first efforts. The following session segment shows how Fred deals with his assignment. “Good morning Fred,” Dr. Smelt begins, “I think we’re moving to the point where outlining a goal or two each session makes sense. What would you like to accomplish today?” Fred says…

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