If you're a person of color or in the working class and have tried to find a psychotherapist, chances are you had a much harder time reaching one than an upper middle class, white person would have. At least that was the conclusion of one study from the Journal of Health and Social Behavior,
“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
"The average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year." -Huffington Post
Early in Matthew Crawford’s “The World Beyond Your Head” the author walks through an airport. Maybe for the first time, he notices the bombardment of advertising everywhere. There are the billboards and TVs. The signs of restaurants, the ads in his Forbes Magazine, the ads on the podcast he’s listening to or in front of the bathroom stalls. Even the backs of chairs have deals to the local hotels and clothing stores. Each is expertly designed to get his attention, designed by professionals who know just the right colors and sounds and fonts and pictures to get you to notice what they’re selling.
Welcome to my first blog post for my new private practice psychotherapy endeavor. I will update this periodically-- I'm thinking weekly to biweekly-- with some of thoughts on living a meaningful life.
Writing is in many ways my first love. I always had dreams of being a great poet or essayist but life pushed me in a different direction. But writing is something I still do and want to do, and I hope to keep doing it on this blog and maybe, just maybe write a few books. Let's see what the future brings. Until then, let's just start with one post at a time.