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I detail bits of this group assessment over our supper because I think it starts to illustrate something about what it's like to be a therapist: the layers of questioning, the arguments back and forth, the looking and looking again. "A good story, but bad therapy," one friend says. "You really think so?" someone else asks; "I could teach from this show."
Reviewing the episodes, we found ourselves questioning the writers, our own assumptions, the varieties of therapy. We entered and reentered the membrane of the story. That's what we do, we therapists: we give up our longing for certainty; we keep a liveliness about our own not-knowing, what Keats called "negative capability"—what we might experience as a curious mind, open and aware one moment, closed and groping the next.