Visual Metaphors and Insights

When I was younger, I would ask a lot of questions to my teachers and often draw inspiration from art, theater, movies and books. Many perceived me to be a misfit, as I seemed too questioning of the existing ways psychology was taught. My gut instinct always told me that psychology existed beyond textbooks, it existed in dark alleys, minds of writers, poets and everyone who struggled with a story.

It has been over 10 years now, that I have been working as a psychologist. Whether it was my work with TISS, or private clinic, I have had the privilege of working with some of the brightest minds, human beings struggling with concerns that seems to question their deepest fears. A lot of my work has been with visual artists, writers, and people in the creative field.

Working with them have triggered visual metaphors for me, which are a huge source of my personal learning. I recently remember how in a session, a strong metaphor found life within me. The conversation revolved around how I have tried to balance or prevent myself from being carried away by strong thoughts and ideas. As I was speaking , I could see myself standing far away in a visual field, where there were multiple ideas, just like speech bubbles, surrounding me. I could see them, feel them, yet they were far away. They could influence me, subtly , but not strong to be swept away by them.I could see in my younger days, these ideas and ‘I’ were too close, and could possibly consume me. It almost feels like the, observer in me, has gradually come to being.

Thank you to everyone who has trusted me with their darkest and deepest self.

Do you think visual metaphors and insights have healed you? would love listening to your story.

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Raising a socially conscious child

So my daughter saw an Idea commercial and felt that it was prejudiced in it’s outlook towards women. So here is my story about how my 5 year old daughter learnt to be socially conscious.Sometimes I feel my social service genes and attitude has rubbed off.Any opinions?

http://www.yowoto.com/posts/i-raised-a-daughter-who-is-socially-conscious-at-the-age-of-5

The Rose Garden

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Books have always come into my life in strange ways, giving me answers I deeply seek.

I still remember there was a rare book, which I just found in an exhibition and no one knew who it belonged to. I waited for two days, finally took it home and the book changed me.

This book, “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” gave me answers to some of my existential anxiety that came in with the thought of becoming a therapist. Over the years I have learnt that when a client walks into the room, you never know the way forward.

As a therapist I begin with faith and most clients beautifully create their own rose garden, equally accepting the thorns that come with it.

Therapy is constantly a story of human will and strength.

P.S. In case you were interested, the book is now easily available online