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Lawrence L Piper
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
work for the cure of pain
in everyone, for we all
have at least some,
exaggerated in our minds,
and may think we walk alone...
llp - mar'09

Current Residence: Southern NH, just down the street from the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center where i worked through the 70s before getting fired and barred for life from my career for participating in the 'PATCO strike of August 1981', [google it if you're curious]. i loved that job. Pres Reagan terminated 12,000 of us with a knee jerk stroke of his pen.
deviantWEAR sizing preference: medium
Print preference: index finger?
Favourite genre of music: alternative
Favourite style of art: surreal
Operating System: windows 7
Wallpaper of choice: Alexandra and guess who
Skin of choice: quite pale
Favourite cartoon character: road runner
Personal Quote: from he to whom much is given, much will be required.

from today's Andrew Sullivan 'the Dish' blog:

comments from his readers...

[BTW, the yearly subscription of $19.95 is well worth it.
the site is totally ad free, and the twenty bucks allows
one to read everything in depth, uninterrupted.]

[some of the following is copied from behind the subscription link.
i trust that Andrew would find this ok, due to the 'word of mouth'
recommendation it gives his site.]  

[quote] - On a more serious note, a reader writes:

I realize you’re trying to be balanced here, but Jenny Diski’s article makes it pretty clear she’s never actually tried cognitive behavioral therapy and is in fact just opposed to a political philosophy. I’ve been in and out of talk therapy for anxiety and depression all of my life, and my last therapist (not one specifically trained in CBT, as far as I know) pointed me toward The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns, which is a do-it-yourself CBT manual. It helped to make me realize what I was thinking and which parts were really just in my head, and now at least some of the time I can short-circuit my own worst-case-scenario thinking. It has made me happier.

Diski dismissively says that “CBT aims to get the patient symptom-free, back to work and paying her taxes” – as though that weren’t the goal of other forms of therapy. Maybe I’m odd in that I’m happiest when I’m feeling productive, but that sounds like a pretty excellent goal to me.

Another also shares his story:

I’m a 30-year-old who just finished my 16th week of CBT after a suicide attempt in March.

I have found that working with my therapist on identifying thought patterns and behaviors surrounding my depression and anxiety to be of tremendous help. One of the best things to which I can compare my thought pattern when I begin to feel anxious or depressed is sliding down an icy hill in a car. Having the skills from CBT is like having just come out of a driving class and knowing that while you might not be able to stop the slide completely, you can control it and avoid the crash. The ability to pull back and distinguish what-I-know from what-my-mind-is-projecting is a skill that I lacked before therapy.

But as well as it does work for some of us, it’s not a silver bullet either. In addition to the CBT I am also taking a daily antidepressant and the occasional anti-anxiety pill when I can anticipate that certain situations are too much to handle on my own. My therapist is terrific, and we’ve adjusted the antidepressants when the first prescription wasn’t working as planned.


As the guy who wrote this reader email long ago, I thought I’d discuss my experience with cognitive behavioral therapy.

I have OCD, with an emphasis on the obsessive thoughts. To put it bluntly, CBT is the most effective treatment for obsessive thoughts that I have had. The counselor I had was a Buddhist and definitely not a “I’m going to make everything happy and great for you” kind of guy. In fact, one of the key elements of the CBT I had was acceptance of the obsessive thoughts. This is counterintuitive, because if you have OCD the number-one thing you want to do is get rid of the obsessive thought.

If I have a thought that I’m like Hitler, CBT teaches me to accept it like a leaf that passes over me as I lie in a stream. This is bitter medicine, because one’s instinct with a thought like that is to fight it over and over and try to rationalize it and thus rid yourself of it. But one of the key insights of CBT is that you cannot rationalize or “defeat” the obsessive thought. In fact, the only way I’ve found that you even move past the obsessive thought is if you allow it to exist within you. It will bother you immensely while it’s there. But when you mindfully acknowledge it rather than try to get rid of it, you do find that your mind moves on to more pleasant things.

My one criticism of CBT is the limited number of sessions. It’s admirable not to want to charge people money for endless counseling, but I have found it valuable to get a “tune up” once in awhile. Talking to a CBT counselor is helpful, and I don’t think should be cut off forever after just a couple of months.

My experience, of course, may not be universal for others with OCD. But I thought it was worth sharing. - [unquote]

just considerations, for those interested...

:) pip
  • Listening to: my thoughts - [always]
  • Reading: \'Moral Tribes\' by Joshua Greene
  • Watching: MSNBC - [in the background]
  • Playing: godlet - [amateur]
  • Eating: nothing - [i\'m out of crow]
  • Drinking: black coffee - [always]



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AlecBell Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
Thanks for collecting Pip (who's that suave-looking guy in your icon?)
alapip Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
some guy trying to not look
so old and bald, but ending up
maybe looking pretentious... :hmm: 
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Writer
Thanks for faving my work!
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks for faving my work!
dragon-fly-to-me Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014 I just decided I would pop over to "thank you" even though I don't generally. it seems unnecessary as we chat often enough. And I think you know I appreciate you without me saying so. ANYWAY--I'm loling at your notice over there. I love it. :heart:
alapip Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
so what do i do with over a hundred llamas?
[i thought i was effectively throwing them all away,
then i got a special one combining 100 of them.] :(
BlackBowfin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey there, Pip.  Thanks for faving thissun- To Entwine.  It's much appreciated, good sir.  Have a great evening. :)
LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Thanks, Sir Lawrence, for faving 'fresh'. :)
wh0rem0ans Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
thanks :frail:
keight Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thanks for the fave.
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