"I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves." Ludwig Wittgenstein

Thursday, November 26, 2009

First Lie

Lola, of course, didn’t want to confess that the reason she was here meeting with Jackie was to ferret out information, any information, about this attractive woman who now sat across from her, the woman whom she thought may be having an affair with her boyfriend. No, the last thing Lola wanted to mention today, was anything having to do with Richard. Tempted as she was to confront Jackie, she knew she couldn’t just come out and say, “So you’re the one who Richard is sleeping with!”

“So what brings you here to talk with me, today?” Jackie inquired as she initiated their first session together.

Lola responded with a generic and astonishingly unimaginative, “Oh, I guess you could say it’s my troubles with men.”

“Ummm….”Jackie responded, neutrally, in the inimitable way that therapists do, revealing nothing more than an acknowledgment that her new client had uttered what was probably the first of many yet-to-come lies.

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