What??!!

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My profession in life is a psychotherapist for individual and couple counseling. Over the years there have been a lot of very interesting conversations and a few of them spun my ability to remain professional.

One time, over a year ago, I had a new client who came into my office and commented on how she liked my candle in the corner. I always keep a candle lit in the office to remind myself there isn’t enough darkness in the universe to put out light, but that’s another story.

Anyhow, my new client looks at the candle for a minute and then smiles at me and says, “I like incest.”

That got my attention rapidly.  “How long has this been going on?”,  I asked. The client replied, “I think since I was young, but I’ve liked it more in the last few years. I love the way it makes my house smell.”

At that point I was completely lost, worried about patient rights, concerned about reporting this if there was a victim involved and wondering what in the world to do next. The client then smiled and said, “I like the ones that smell like frankincense the most.”

I had sudden understanding. My client didn’t say she liked “incest”, she said she liked “incense”. Obviously the session went much easier once I made this distinction. Never did share the story with her, didn’t want her to know how weird her therapist really was.

My book “Psych” is a very interesting journey through some psychological insight. It is more frightening than my “incense” client. Click here for more information. front cover pic 2

 

Signs of the Time

Saw a store the other day that proclaimed ALWAYS OPEN. Then right under it was a sign that said CLOSED. 
I got a big kick out of that. It started me thinking about how we sometimes display things we really need to think about a second time.
For example, let’s be real proud Americans and tell people what language we speak here:


 
Or how about these:

There are really times when we need to take a second thought about what we are saying. Or maybe we just need a good laugh once in a while

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Lessons from the playground

Watched some children on a playground the other day.

One wanted to come down the slide.

      Another was at the bottom wanting to climb up to the top.

They fought about this until one finally came down and ran into the one climbing up.

Then they both fell off the slide and started crying.

Obviously, this was not what they planned for the playground.

Later,  I turned on the news and watched two Senators fighting with each others about some stupid bill.

Turned the news off. I knew how this would end. I saw it on the playground.

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LOOK IT UP

When I was growing up and had a question, my parents would tell me to go look it up in the encyclopedia. I guess the point was to make me go through the effort of finding something out so I would appreciate and remember the answer. Not sure if it worked, but it was how we did things.

Today with the internet, if a kid doesn’t know something, he or she just hits a button and there’s the answer. That is really progress. However, I read  student loans are higher because it is taking more students 5 years to get through college instead of the normal 4 years. Maybe they are hitting the wrong button.

The whole internet concept has truly changed how all of us see life. Heard the other day that a teacher asked her 4th grade class where the nations capital was located. A student raised his hand and said Washington D.C.. The teacher then asked if he knew what D.C. stood for and the student confidently said Dot Com.

Maybe we need to go back to looking things up in the encyclopedia. But if you want to really use the internet, check out my books on Amazon (click here)

PSYCH – Mind control for murder

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What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

Dr. Stephanie Walker knows what it is and how to use it. In fact, she murders people with it. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Walker works with her very wealthy clients by taking control of their unconscious mind, enabling her to manipulate and guide their every action. After she moves a great deal of their wealth to her own private investments, her clients then commit suicide creating the perfect robbery and murder.

Detective Joe Stanton of Cleveland Police Department smells something rotten in a series of suicides among wealthy businessmen in the Ohio area. Joe digs into cases discovering the smell may be coming from one Dr. Stephanie Walker. Joe now pits his thirty years of experience against one of the brightest and most devious minds he ever encountered; cleaver enough to even control his thinking.

In the midst of this, Dr. Walker has a new client whose very life depends on how quickly someone can shut down Walker’s operation. With twist and turns exploring every dark corner of intrigue, this is a nail bitter to the last unpredictable page.

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Heavenly thoughts for writers

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A lot of communities are now known as “Gated Communities” which simply means nobody gets in unless they’re invited. As I entered one of these communities, I suddenly realized according to general religious consensus, Heaven is a “Gated Community”. The Pearly Gates keep out unwanted visitors and protect the residents from bad people. I guess St. Peter is supposed to be the “cop at the gate”. Hmmm, for what’s supposed to be a friendly place to live, it doesn’t sound so good from that perspective.

Anyhow, the reason I got into thinking about heaven was a joke a writer friend told me. Goes like this:

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

“Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”

“Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. “Here, your work gets published.”

Sad but true.

J.T.Twerell is a practicing psychologist in Manhattan, New York and author of several award winning books including:

Signal 30 – Readers View Reviewers Choice Book of the year 2011
Catch and Release – Top winners at London Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Show and Beach Book Fair 2013
Off the Hook – Winner at Feathered Quill Book Award and Southeast Book Show 2014
Catch and Release – Winner Best AudioBook at 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Honorable mention – 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Winner Best Mystery – 2014 Beach Book Festival

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