It goes without saying that when you do this work, it’s hard to not be judgmental.
This is certainly not to say that I am better than anyone. As my spouse reminds me every day, I am pretty much the stupidest person on Earth. But there are many moments at work when I find myself silently (and sometimes out loud) wondering a lot of things in the presence of others.
- “Do you really need another tattoo?”
- “Definitely not on your neck…”
- “Do you really need to have another kid?”
- “Don’t you have 4 already?”
- “Are you sure you want to get married again?”
- “Two ex-wives aren’t enough?”
- “You know how much time and effort goes into having a dog, right?”
- “Do you really want to buy another truck?”
- “Another motorcycle?”
- “You want to take out another loan?”
- “Weren’t you just bitching about living paycheck-to-paycheck?”
- “You really shouldn’t have been driving in that story…”
- “Um, you knew we had a drug test coming up, right?”
- “I REALLY don’t think that’s a good idea…”
These aren’t even patients.
P.S. Speaking of the sometimes incomprehensible choices people make, a Stanford Business School student has just been charged for his part in a fatal wreck that happened about the time I posted this.