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A lot like friendship

DNMUM405491 | 1/14/2018 | Author : Sohini Das Gupta | WC :837

For many, a warm equation with their psychologist, edging on friendship, would seem like an appealing idea. But is the blurring of lines in the delicate space of mental health really a good idea? Sohini Das Gupta finds out

When a recent essay in the New York Times (He Showed Me His Tiles, So I Showed Him Mine by Christie Tate) talked about walking the slippery tightrope of friendship and professional functionality with one’s psychotherapist, the intimate memoir of the now out-of-therapy author left questions lingering in its wake. Not surprising; for all the visibility campaigns around mental health, its many dimensions, unique for every individual, remain politely undiscussed.
Tate, in her article, talks about the rewards and foibles of baring all to an empathetic therapist, and the bittersweet process of being weaned off the emotional dependency built around an almost-friendship. Perplexed by an inability to beat her “non-reader” husband in s
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