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A Psychotherapist's Plea to Louis C.K.


There was a time, a few years ago, when I would refer my new psychotherapy clients to of an appearance by the comedian Louis C.K. on Conan O’Brien’s talk show. What begins as a funny bit about why C.K. thinks cellphones are bad for teenagers turns into a thoughtful rumination on the way we use cellphones to avoid dealing with pain in life — which becomes a touching plea for feeling our feelings. “You’re lucky to live sad moments,” he says, after recounting a powerful experience of loneliness in his own life. “I was grateful to feel sad, and then I met it with true,

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