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Emotional Detective

Some thoughts from a reader:

"Your post was very timely to me. I have a few thoughts to share. Last night I was involved in an interaction which caused me to have the urgency to gossip about it to someone. Thus far, I have contained myself!! I would thus add to what you wrote that the sense of needing to gossip comes from a need to share the experience because of my identification with the person who was wronged. In my case, the event actually validates me because I have been the recipient of what I heard happened in the past - maybe if I had not had the experience I would not have felt so strongly? So, I wanted to tell someone - to gossip about it - to say "you see, I was right all along". E.D. - what do you think about this question?? Anyway, your post is spot on to my process! Thank you!"

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  • Dr. Meyer has worked in private practice in West Los Angeles for over 25 years, and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and her B.A. from Oberlin College.

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