This phrase is a popular dialogue from the movie Taxi Driver when Robert De Niro is talking to himself in the mirror. It may even remind you of Amitabh Bachchan’s iconic drunk scene in Amar Akbar Anthony, where he interacts extensively with his reflection in the mirror, even going so far as to apply a band-aid to the mirror. But it’s more than just a movie trope - talking to ourselves is something we do all day, every day.
'I've been thinking about coming to therapy for a long time.' 'My parents didn't want me to come.' 'Nobody else knows I'm in therapy.
The other day I was working with a client who talked about the difficulties in breaking bad habits. Simple bad habits like lazing in bed, having a soda with every meal, snacking mindlessly ... And we decided to create the Smallest Stumbling Block to break up their bad habits. We decided to do something that required almost zero effort, but made it just that little bit harder to do that bad habit.
I started my career with researching social anxiety. Books told me that socially anxious people have a fear of evaluation, and are afraid that others will criticize or judge them. Research said that socially anxious persons fear that they will be embarrassed or humiliated by others.