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Re: Do you care how your T spends money? pegasus

Posted by backseatdriver on August 25, 2009, at 16:23:25

In reply to Re: Do you care how your T spends money?, posted by pegasus on August 25, 2009, at 11:33:59

>It's not like there is an exactly equivalent product that
> I could painlessly switch to, for the betterment of the world.

Yep. That's what I'm thinking about.

How do consumerist or materialist values make a difference to one's practice of psychotherapy? Do they? I like to think people live their values -- that one's choices in the marketplace are consistent in some way with choices made elsewhere.

For instance I can't imagine that a person who would buy, say, a status-symbol car (the ones that cost $50K and up) would also *avoid* buying diamonds for a loved one, for instance, if he or she wanted them, even if doing so would support illegal arms trade or the forced conscription of children, as diamond purchases sometimes do.

Certainly, there's his fee, which is high. But they're all expensive. He's not pushing medications on me, which suggests he's not involved with drug companies, at least not directly. I don't have a shopping or spending problem, so we don't usually talk about material things and he doesn't advise me to spend more or less. He's openly left-wing and liberal -- there's an Obama poster in his office window -- but that's not too unusual for where I live.

I'm not feeling too coherent today - sorry to ramble. thoughts?

bsd


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