Our expert says:
Yes, indeed, cats are worth studying, as their ability to understand how we work and to train us, often greatly exceeds our ability to understand orm train them. And Food is central to their value-system, of course, and much of what appears to be adorable affection is designed to induce us to produce what they want and when they want it.
Have you discovered the notorious " icanhascheezburger.com " website ? I find it reliably produces some smiles even on bleak days.
Odd, isn't it, how unfortunate and stressful events tend to cluster in bunches ? And then issues like the success of your riding tuition, which would ordinarily be so welcome, become added stress when coinciding with the test of the stresses.
Our capacity to feel and show caring can indeed be limited by such combinations - when our Mild of Human Kindness goes a bit sour or just runs out for a while.
I think the assumpion that the Festive Season must invariably induce universal joy is so inacurate that it ads to the blues that often arise at this time of year. GOod to hear that some of the things that you may have dreaded a while back have turned out so well - but after a while amod the encircling gloom, one may find it hard to feel and celebrate the good things.
One may reasonably not share the darkness of our shadow side with friends, but a p-doc or shrink needs to know about it. Otherwise it's like seeing a surgeon but coyly refusing to reveal where you feel the pain or to talk about it. That renders the process one of veterinary psych, not an easy field !
Maybe you're right that your daughter will benefit from a couple of sessions with someone skiled who knows her. And don't feel guilty if you play some part in her concerns - as a good mother, you're automatically part of the bad as well as the good aspects of their life.
As you say, these things do pass ; its just often uncomfortable in the waiting room.
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