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phone-confiscated-_1591813aWhile psychologists say “trust me,” they question and often discourage one’s trust and reliance on family and friends. As a substitute they offer artificial empathy, cultivated warmth and phony genuineness, through which they can persuade people to see life the way they see it, and to live their lives in a psychologically ordered fashion. Years ago, psychotherapy was described as “the purchase of friendship.” What people need today is less of this synthetic experience and more genuine relationships, which, however imperfect these may be, are reciprocal rather than purchased.

Tana Dineen