Monday, August 2, 2010

And so it Begins

I can’t do it any longer. I’ve been living a lie and it’s time to set the record straight. What you read in the following paragraphs will not be pleasant…the truth rarely is. Anyway, in this case I’m not concerned with your ability to sleep soundly at night, content in your belief that the world is okay…so pull up your big boy pants and read on. (Yes ladies, I know that statement was not gender neutral…and I don’t even care.)

You’ve probably been in the position of meeting a mental health care professional in some sort of social setting…it really doesn’t matter which kind of mental health care pro, psychologist, social worker, psychiatrist, whatever. In that situation you’ve likely said something along the lines of “Uh oh, I’d better watch what I say…you’re probably analyzing me right now!” How do I know this? Easy. I’m a psychologist and I am analyzing you. I’ve been doing it for years, we all do…and it’s time you knew the truth.

I can hear you now: “but you guys always say ‘I only analyze people when I’m on the clock…unless you’re paying me a fee you don’t need to worry about being analyzed’!” Of course we say that! How else could we avoid the awkward scene in which we’re forced to tell you just how freakishly disturbing your behavior really is? Trust me, it’s far more pleasant for everyone involved (most importantly me) that we just pretend not to notice that your behavior makes 12-year-old girls look like socially secure rock stars in comparison. Yes, it’s better that we casually overlook those mommy/daddy issues that you wear like a badge of honor rather than pointing out the fact that my asking you what you do for a living was not an invitation for a cathartic experience…sheesh, I wasn’t really interested in what you do for a living anyway. And it should go without saying (but, unfortunately, it does not), that for our own sanity’s sake we must ignore the fact that your protestations against being analyzed are nothing more than a veiled invitation to validate your existence as worthy of investigation: “please, please tell me I’m interesting enough to analyze…I’m so lonely.”

The truth is I’m trained to recognize human behavior that is illogical, irrational, and ill-conceived…and I’ve yet to encounter a situation in which there’s a shortage. I’m constantly surrounded by the foolish behaviors I’ve sworn my life to overcome and yet I’m required to pretend I see none of it. Imagine a firefighter who sees an entire city on fire but is required to say,‘I’ll just pretend not to see that inferno because people really don’t appreciate being told their house is burning down unless they ask first (and even then they really just want reassurance that their house is not actually engulfed in flames)’. That’s right people, your lives are on fire and I’m just watching them burn while pretending I can’t feel the heat.

But, you ask, doesn’t that make you judgmental to an extreme? Yes. Yes it does. Doesn’t it make you miserable? Yes. Yes it does…but not for the reasons you might assume. You may think that I’m miserable because of the superiority I see in myself or the disdain I feel for others (please leave the psychoanalysis to the professionals…it’s better for us all). Actually, I’m miserable because I can’t tell you all the things I actually think about the way you live your lives and the way you see the world…until now, that is.

This blog will be my redemption. I’ll continue to live my life as all mental health professionals do, content to be seen as impartial helpers of the human spirit while living secretly as judges of humanity. But within the pages of this blog, you’ll find the truth…a weekly example of just how screwy your life really is. I’m a psychologist and I am analyzing you.


Nicki said...

If I leave a comment, will you analyze it?
I love the non-PC nature of this post! I can't wait to hear more rantings:)

The Head Shrinker said...


I'm left wondering if you took the time to actually read my post..."I'm a psychologist and I AM analyzing you" should be a fairly easy to understand declaration. My analysis? You need to demand your money back from Hooked on did not work for you.

Tyler and Natalie Broby said...

Very entertaining, unforetunately the people that should be reading this blog probably won't.....or have they already? I think I'll unsubcribe myself now and just read in secret without posting comments although, that will diminish my ability to feel interesting and intelligent by having you read them. Hmmmm...I'm at such a dilemna now, could you please help me? Word verification (MINEMI) What does this all mean?

The Head Shrinker said...

Tyler and Natalie,

The dilemma you are facing is not that you will feel "less interesting and intelligent" if you stop commenting on these posts, it's that you really need to decide who you are as a person. Are you Tyler or are you Natalie? Once you can figure that out, everything else will fall into place.