In the previous letter I said I would talk today about what happens in the mind and body when we are unable to act in the face of a threat, but, having spent the last hour or so on my social media feed I would like to talk about community, safety and reciprocity instead.
As many people across the globe are entering their third week of isolation, their solitary states may result in interesting streams of consciousness. This article here, from clinical psychologist Jan Kaspers, comes from such a state. It’s a contemplative, meditative essay, that explores a broader perspective on the current pandemic.
In current times, effort has to be made so that all content and conversations aren’t hyperfocused on the Coronavirus. That’s why we’re extra happy…
Have you ever wondered why moths and flies behave in this quasi-suicidal way of flying directly into a flame? I have. It turns out that they don’t actually intend to fly into the flame at all: Months and flies have 360 little light tubes in their eyes which they use to navigate with in reference to the vertical light beams from the sun or the moon.
For reasons beyond anyone’s control, we are finding ourselves suddenly faced with the prospect of spending many hours at home. I often day dream about living alone in the the countryside but, importantly, in these day dreams I am always there by choice and never ever is the dream set in my apartment, alone, in Berlin.
Even if you’ve never considered moving your therapy practice online, your perspective might currently be shifting. With these Corona-plagued sci-fi times, an ever increasing part of the world has to practice social distancing, and so it might soon be the case that for you, as a therapist, to be able to continue offering counselling there isn’t any other way than to do therapy online.
I wanted to write an informative text about the psychological effects of Covid-19, but I’m too paralysed by the constant influx of new information and emotions. Instead you will have to make do with a personal essay about how a Danish, German-based therapist is experiencing the situation from her couch. So bear with me while I gather my thoughts in this surreal time.
I’m a psychologist and I’m a mother. This combination means that many people assume that I have the right psychological approach to mothering. Spoiler alert: I don’t.