As a healthcare professional, I have been watching the political debate around healthcare reform with some interest. What jumps out at me more than any of the issues being discussed is the negative tone of the discourse. One of the things we therapists spend much of our time doing is teaching people to be aware of their assumptions about themselves and of others. We actively steer people away from black and white thinking, mindreading, jumping to conclusions, and exaggerating the facts. And yet, it appears that the very use of this style of thinking is at the basis of most of the news we get from the media these day. Who’s right? Fox News? MSNBC? New York Times? Washington Post? You? Me? There is so much “noise” it really is confusing.
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