Wednesday, September 16, 2009


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Dialogue A

Couple who live in a flat are fighting, and a plant in their flat becomes a metaphor for their struggle.

You've always hated that plant....and now you've totally killed it

I didn't go anywhere near your fukking plant

You probably poisoned it or something

I won't stoop to your level...but its a pity you could never display the same level of concern for me as you did for that stupid plant

So you did poison it!

(puts her thumb in her mouth and copies him in a babyish voice) Sho you did poishon it!

(Shaking his head in exagerated wonderment) Jealous of a plant. Unbelievable.


So you're saying I'm a genuine fraud?
Yes, its the one thing you're consistent and authentic about...
Well that's some consolation... at least I'm not a fake fraud...whew...I feel redeemed.

Dire log B

I just feel everything is so futile
So you believe things are futile and meaningless

Yes exactly. Nothing I do makes any difference to anyone, including myself
You're saying that nothing you do makes any difference

Yes, and I don't know where to go from here. I feel stuck
You feel stuck

That's what I said
So you feel stuck

Exactly that's why I came here, hoping you could help me
So you'd like me to help you

That's why I'm paying you 190 bucks for this session
So how does it feel to need help?

It feels bloody aweful
You feel....?

aweful. bad.depressed. heavy. sad
and you'd like me to help you feel something else

I suppose so...
So you want to feel...

happy, upbeat, excited, passionate....
and you think I can help you feel those things

I'm hoping you can, yes
So you're hoping I can help you feel different

Yes, I've said that already
and how does it feel to have to repeat yourself

Bloody frustrating! Like I'm wasting my time and my money
So you're worried this too might be futile

I suppose so
And if this is futile

Then its very frustrating...
You feel frustrated...

Yes, I feel like I want to punch you in the face
You think you want to punch me in the .....ow!

Now I feel a bit better. Thank you.

Alternatively: I'm sorry but we have to end your session now....

i'm up here
i can't hear you
i'm up here
where are you
here...up here that you
UP HERE..on the cliff
look up...up here
Is that you Jeff


What’s that?

A moth

What’s the moth doing?


Why’s it sitting

Its… its… dead



Oh…dead. What’s dead

He’s tired and sick. He won’t move again

How we going to fix it

We can’t fix it

What’s in his stomach? Where is his stomach?


I feel everything is so futile
And by futile you mean....?

I mean its not worth doing anything. Nothing matters. Nothing makes any difference.
So then don't do anything. What's the problem?
But there are some things I have to do. I have to feed my children. I have to pay the rent else we'll be living in the street.
Well if you have to, then what's the problem? Have to implies there's no choice, its out of your hands, so
futile or not futile doesn't come into it. Is it futile to breathe?
I don't know. My body wants to breathe...when I don't have air I want it.

The problem is nothing I do helps anyone
and if nothing I do helps anyone then my life is futile
so you have to help someone or something for your life to be...
meaningful. valuable.

Can you be absolutely sure the things you do don't help someone? How would you know?
I don't know that
And what if everything you did that helps someone always damages something or someone else? What if you couldn't extricate helping and hurting?
Then I suppose it would be better not to help...but I can ask you the same question: how could you know that the two are always inextricably linked
Its an idea...all help and hurt are relative, and apply only to seperate name and form. But let's turn an earlier statement of yours around. How about: "I don't have to help to lead a meaningful life"
Hmm. (Tries it out for size) "I don't have to help to ead a meaningful life." Doesn't feel quiet right.
Ok, let's see what its based on. "I know what helps". True, False or Don't Know?
Don't know.
"I know what hurts"
Are you sure? Remember what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Most people learn their most valuable life-lesons through being "hurt."
"I know what makes life meaningful."
Don't know. I know I feel heavy and unmotivated to do anything.
And how do you want to feel?
Light. easy. inspired. energised.
But you don't feel that.
Well seeing as you do feel the way you do, how about allowing yourlf to feel that way, seeing as you do anyway. I mean how about accepting it?
But I don't like it.


Song for call centres" "It'll be just like starting over"

Each person you speak to seems to work desperately alone, or for a different company - as if each company employee exists in a separate universe. Good stand up material. See also

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