Stop Guessing Who’s Mad at You

A therapist explains how to stop trying to be a mind reader and focus on being a ‘mind knower’

Kathleen Smith
Forge

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Woman talking to her friend.
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One thing I’ve observed with my therapy clients over the course of the pandemic is that many of us have become anxious mind readers, constantly certain that our friends think we’re terrible or our co-workers think we’re lazy. A tiff between siblings…

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Kathleen Smith
Forge

Kathleen Smith is a therapist and author of the books Everything Isn’t Terrible and True to You. She writes about anxiety, relationships, and Bowen theory.