The world is not a therapy session

Source: Radical Classical Liberals
by Andrew Jason Cohen

“What is encouraged in Braver Angels’[s] workshops is active listening, where one attends to what the other says, providing non-verbal clues of interest, along with reflecting back to the other what they said. In a therapeutic setting, reflecting back to another what they said can be incredibly useful. ‘People like having their thoughts and feelings reflected back to them’ (Tania Israel, page 51) and so increases their comfort level when in therapy, thereby allowing them to open up. For therapeutic purposes, it seems really quite useful. Nonetheless, I have long been uncomfortable with it in other settings.” (11/18/21)