These might all seem like silly examples. One might say that anyone could alter how they handle a tissue. But the tissue is a symbol. And all changes start with small steps. In taking a minute gesture and bringing consciousness to it, we can begin to make over our lives. Psychotherapy is about insight and expanding consciousness towards a greater quality of life. We can look at our past, and we can look at what's going on in the here and now. Perhaps, sometimes a tissue isn't just a tissue.
While a few drinks with girlfriends may make you feel better for the night, you're sure to feel worse the next day — and not just from a hangover, but wondering why (OMG why?!) you told the bartender about the STD your ex gave you, why you kissed that guy in the parking lot and how you got home.