Saturday, March 13, 2010

Psychotherapy: An Odd Session With My Psychiatrist

I had a consult with my psychiatrist, Abbas Jama, M.D., on Thursday March 11, 2010. The session was a little odd.

In the middle of the session Dr. Jama asked: "What's the weather like?" I said, "It's warm. It's supposed to rain."

At another point Dr. Jama said, "I see you got a haircut. Tell me about that."

Dr. Jama also asked me if I planned to go to Atlantic City, New Jersey this summer.

I don't mean to devalue Dr. Jama. I like him a lot. But there's so much to talk about other than my haircut, the weather, or Atlantic City.

1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

Excerpt from a letter from Sigmund Freud to his friend Wilhelm Fliess:

. . . I must tell you a nice dream I had in the night after my father's funeral. I was in some public place and read a notice there:

You are asked to close the eyes.

I recognized the place at once as the barber's to which I go every day. On the day of the funeral I was kept waiting there and therefore reached the house of mourning rather late. At that time my family were displeased with me because I had arranged for the funeral to be quiet and simple, which they later agreed was quite right. They also took my being late in somewhat bad part. The sentence on the notice-board has a double sense, and means in both of them: ‘one should do one's duty to the dead.’ (An apology, as though I had not done it and my conduct needed overlooking, and the duty taken literally.) Thus the dream is an outlet for the inclination to self-reproach which is regularly present among the survivors.