Saturday, September 09, 2006


So I'm watching Monk and I'm exhausted so I'm dozing a little. I hear a commercial come on and I think I'll just fast forward. But then I decide to go back and see what just happened that I missed due to the aforementioned "watching with my eyes closed".

What do you think I missed?

Can you guess?

Go on, give it a shot, you're a smartypants.

Yeah scene with Andrew McCarthy playing a physics teacher in Trudy's high school and he has a big old snake in his classroom. Well, I'm awake now.

Becky commented aboout desensitization therapy. I need to hear more. Getting to sleep last night, after being exposed to a live specimen, was far worse. Is that the way it's supposed to work? What's the procedure with this sort of thing? Does it involve someone coming to my house and sleeping on the floor next to my bed when I get hysterical in the middle of the night? The dog is a trooper but she's not quite up to this task.

Chili asked if it meant I was unable to get through the second Harry Potter. No, I got through it, I just didn't sleep much. Reading about it is easier if I do it in the day time. It accounts for why I've only seen the first HP movie, though.

Everybody recommended I read Riki Tiki Tavi. I have to admit something a little embarrassing about that. I kept thinking, "I've read that, I don't remember all of it but I don't see what it has to do with this." It wasn't until much later that I realized I was thinking about Tikki Tikki Tembo (no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo). I've never read Riki Tiki Tavi. It has a snake in it, you know.


  1. Anonymous8:59 PM

    Sorry, I totally missed my cue.

    You're not going to like it.

    My understanding is that, in desensitization therapies, the mental health professional works cooperatively with a client to overcome the heart-stopping panic attacks that accompany the phobia through slow, systematic, and graded exposure to variations on the stimulus in a controlled environment. (I'm trying to avoid the other s-word, here.) The fear, being a well established neural pathway, will not disappear, but the point is to extinguish the physiological reaction through cognitive restructuring and relaxation techniques. It might start with something really abstract, like the story of Riki Tiki or touching a purse made from... well, something... and work up to... the real things.

    Don't say I didn't warn you.

  2. I like your commitment to staying away from that descriptor. The thing is that after I figured out the 9/11 connection (duh!) I've felt a lot better. But I was still going to think seriously about the desensitization therapy...until I read this. It sounds like I'd just be scared shitless but trapped somehow inside a serious clamp down on my better instincts. I don't know. Maybe I'd try it just to be able to get to the reading and pictures part.