”Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” — Rumi
Words can hurt. Just as sharp and piercing as a knife can be a thoughtless or unkind comment. Words can bully, insult, and tear relationships apart. Many of my patients have shared how painful it has become to have conversations with even old friends and family members who disagree on certain issues, policies, beliefs, and the direction of current events. No longer is it simple to have a discussion in which we disagree, and agree to do so. Rather, a hyperbolic and highly opinionated word torrent is now threatening to rend our social fabric.