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Private First Session: Rei

Discussion in 'Student Life' started by Keen, Jan 24, 2018.

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    That was a lot to respond to. This was like being in a classroom, but instead of there being other kids for the teacher to focus on, the only student here was Rei, and he had all the attention. There was no way to wiggle out of this conversation. No way to do it other than directly asking Doctor Bryndisarson to stop, but that made Rei look like a loser. He was no loser, he just needed more time to think, but being silent made the atmosphere feel tight and uncomfortable.

    The examples given to him made it hard for Rei to argue too. After thinking for a few minutes, Rei managed to come up with a response. "I guess so..." he said with a near mutter, avoiding eye contact with his therapist. "If everyone has a bias, what's yours? Or... uh... your stereotypes... I guess... the ones you have and the ones people have about you." Initially, Rei wanted to skip to the point and ask what Doctor Bryndisarson thought his biases were, but this question sounded much more interesting. If everyone had a bias or stereotype, then so did Doctor Bryndisarson.

     
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    Getting personal was generally a bad thing. If a therapist spent more time talking about themselves then about their patient, that was the sign of a bad therapist, but it wasn't unheard of, or against any rules. At times it could be helpful, helping to humanize the therapist, and to make it clear they put their money where their mouth was. He wasn't just talking the talk - he was willing to walk to walk as well.

    "Of course I have some. I'd be hard pressed to tell you what other people felt about me, though. I assume they probably think I'm a meddler, or... oh, the old standby is that when I interact with people outside of therapy sessions, people tend to assume you're analyzing them. It comes with the profession, the idea that therapists somehow can't help themselves."

    Which was likely not what Rei was caring about. Rei was likely hoping that Valli would reveal some deep dark secret... or, more than likely, they were hoping that he wouldn't, so that Rei could weasel out of it themselves.

    "I have a hard time trusting older women," Valli said. "Certain body types, especially. Conventionally attractive. It's a knee jerk, gut reaction that I've worked on in my own therapy, but it still exists, and it's important for me to recognize them, so that I can work past them. It's not wrong to have a gut reaction, but it is wrong to hold them against other people, so it's something I keep in mind."

     
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    It was difficult for Rei to tell if he was successful or not with his question. He expected his therapist to put up more of a fight. To be more stubborn about talking about himself. Doctor Bryndisarson was supposed to show himself as a hypocrite, but he went on to ruin that by going ahead and answering the question with more than Rei expected. Rei put on a smirk, trying to seem satisfied like all of this went as planned.

    Smiling felt like the wrong move. He went silent for a moment moments, trying to think of a way to respond. All that he could think about was why older women made Doctor Bryndisarson uncomfortable. The only thing holding him back from asking was a whispering voice telling him that bringing that up was too rude. He had no intentions of interrogating his therapist.

    "I don't think any of my biases are bad then. I'm not hurting anyone. If I don't like someone, I ignore them." Rei could see where this topic was heading. He wanted to avoid another argument like the one he had with Doctor Summers. No matter how many "biases" or "stereotypes" he held, he was certain that nothing he did could be taken as threatening or aggressive.

     


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