Use This Time to Let Go of Your Pseudo-Self

A therapist explains how to ditch other people’s values, and find your own

Kathleen Smith
Forge

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Mom works from home on the computer and phone while her daughter copies her and plays around her.
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Lately, I’ve noticed an interesting trend: The longer we’re all stuck at home, the more honest we’re becoming. Even my therapy clients who were previously slow to open up in our sessions now come fully ready to talk about how they’re doing.

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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.