Where's the Bear?

Where's the Bear?

by Susan S. Hardy

Marriage and family therapist Susan Hardy explains the usefulness of "acting as if" in changing emotions and behavior.
In an early chapter in my general psychology textbook's discussion of behavior, it said, "I see a bear; therefore I run." That seemed sort of obvious to me. The next line went on —"I run; therefore I see a bear." The more I thought about that, the less I got it. So I asked my professor. He said that it was probably the most important thing I would ever learn in psychology and that I should think about it until I understood. It's taken many years but he was right. It's an enormously important metaphor. Let me show you how it works.
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Susan S. HardySusan Hardy has been a Licensed MFT for 31 years and in private practice for most of those. She has served on the Board of her local CAMFT chapter for 17 years, and is Clinical Director of an agency that serves homeless and severely mentally ill. In addition, she was the Executive Director of Ventura County Jewish Family Service and helped start and staff a school for high school students who didn't fit in at traditional public schools. Contact Susan.
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