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John and Yoko in New York

John and Yoko in New York

John and Yoko in New York

Like many of you I am spending too much time with only myself as company recently. This leads to thoughts which become more and more fanciful when not given the benefit of being spoken aloud and tested with a human being. Like you, I need people around to tell me when I am talking rubbish. I need the sound of human voices. Text doesn't work, even with emojis.

I know I am not alone in this. I have become something of a phone psychologist or FaceTime psychotherapist during lockdown. I am finding that many of the people at the other end of the phone are also in dire need of some common sense counselling. I am happy to oblige. This mostly consists of "where did you get that idea?" and "don't be so ridiculous" type sentences. My type of reality does not soothe. It bites. I could never be accused of being non-directive.


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