- on September 9, 2015
On the Similarities Between Being a Writer and Being a Therapist
Though Anne Lamott is speaking on writing–I think it can also be used as one of the best explanations for what a therapist does. I inserted the word therapist for writer and it best explains some of what goes on in therapy–things that are hard to put into words.
“We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping that one door shut. But the writer’s job is to see what’s behind it, to see the bleak unspeakable stuff, and to turn the unspeakable into words– not just into any words but if we can, into rhythm and blues.” (Bird by Bird: Some Insructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott, pp. 198)
Whether you are a writer, or a therapist, what do you think of this piece from Anne?