Alligator Playground by Alan Sillitoe

By Alan Sillitoe

From one among England’s maximum dwelling writers comes a set of exquisitely shaped tales set in life’s nice playground.

Relationships – clandestine and legit – are the subject matter: boorish chaps and their stalwart ladies ululate and hum; marriages and infidelities tick-tock and tick over; Fitzrovian ardour flares; powerful males flip to drink. Love, intercourse, loss, are captured in Mr Sillitoe’s inimitable style.

As good because the normal topic of the union of the sexes, we now have encouraged insights into start, boyhood, bereavement and aloneness in a suite of completely narrated observations, during which the reader participates in every one outstanding adventure.

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Make sure if you do have any more thoughts like, “That sounds hard,” to write them down so we can look at them next session. Okay? P: Okay. T: Do you think you’ll have any trouble jotting down some thoughts? ) P: No. I think I’ll be able to. T: Good. But even if you can’t, that’s okay. You’ll come back next week and we’ll work on it together. All right? P: Sure. In this section, the therapist explains, illustrates, and records the cognitive model with the patient’s own examples. He tries to limit his explanations to just a couple of sentences at a time and asks the patient to put into her own words what he has said so he can check on her understanding.

Patients often appreciate the rare invitation to give feedback to a professional; they receive a positive message about their partnership in therapy 28 Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond and ability to affect the therapeutic process. At times, a therapist and patient have a different perspective on what occurred in a therapy session; the likelihood of having the opportunity to explore these important moments is increased if the therapist consistently elicits the patient’s feedback in a nonperfunctory, nondefensive manner.

Sally’s other core beliefs about her world and about other people were, for the most part, positive and functional. She generally believed that other people were friendly, trustworthy, and accepting. And she perceived her world as being relatively safe, stable, and predictable. Again, Sally’s core beliefs about herself, others, and her world were her most basic beliefs, which she had never really articulated until she entered therapy. As a young adult, her more positive core beliefs were dominant until she became depressed, and then her highly negative core beliefs became activated.

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