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Re: To read or not to read

Posted by JenStar on October 1, 2004, at 0:27:19

In reply to To read or not to read, posted by vwoolf on September 26, 2004, at 12:02:33

hi Vwoolf,
as a fellow reader at heart, I applaud your reading zeal! I don't think it is EVER bad to read! Reading is awesome, powerful, mind-opening, enchanting. I learn so much by reading, and of course -- like you -- I like to read up on any current situation so I know what to expect, different theories, etc.

I hope the T isn't coming from the "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing" school of thought, because many people who suffer from a condition eventually know MORE about it than their doctors (diabetics, for example, as well as many cancer patients.)

I guess the only problem with reading might be if you use it as a shield to avoid confronting issues (as in: "I can't deal with that yet, I naven't read all the conflicting theories on how it could be handled!")

But if you're working hard on things, and reading to support your psyche and development and hunger for knowledge, how can that be bad?

Maybe she's not a reader and can't "get it" that some people need to read, love to read, and read voraciously and quickly and for pleasure. Some people just aren't like that...

And I'm sure you know (from all the reading!) that there are different schools of thought on transference: some people don't really want it, because they prefer a client-directed therapy; some want their patients to become completely and utterly reliant on them, because they believe that only then can the person "start over" and learn to be independent. And not every therapy fits every person...

anyway, don't give up reading unless it brings you MORE stress and confusion. If it helps you, then keep doing it!





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