Our expert says:
Thanks for your characteritically lucid comments and kind thoughts, Maria. Hmm. Like most of us who "do it", we don't usually ask ourselves HOW. Its a bit like I remember in first year Medical School, when a brilliant physics prof got us to tty to think through how each different muscle involved in walking came into play --- and if we tried to walk at the same time, we tended to fall over.
Relationship questions --- I'm bothered more by how dramatically repetitious they are --- though we are such very different people in so many ways, when we mess up in our relationships, it seems to be almost entirely only in a handful of ways.
Keeping track of people. Interesting question. I think it depends on what we are doing --- I, and I suspect many other shrinks, tend to remember the stories, rather than the names ( which somehow is what surprisingly many people expect us to remember ) --- because in a way we are in a story business. Orthopaedic Surgeons tend to remember our X-rays and bones. And Gynaecologists may not always remember their patients when they're fully clothed. SO maybe its a matter of selective attention.
Thanks so much for your good wishes, which we all appreciate, Megamoggy's purring at the thought, even though he's not really fond of mince pies. He thinks there's not enough real mince in them !
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