Therapists earn a living opening up others' eyes, but sometimes the enlightenment occurs on the other side of the couch. Several members of Psychology Today's Therapy Directory (psychologytoday.com) share what they've learned from clients.
Accepting the Unexpected
"As a child, I was told it's important to 'tolerate' differences. My clients taught me that 'tolerance' isn't enough. No one wants to bemerely tolerated, like a wart on your face. They want to be acknowledged, valued, and celebrated. To do that, we must fight a feeling of 'rightness' toward our own upbringing, culture, and experience." —Art Matthews, Mesa, Arizona
"On a practical level, I have heard about topics ranging from laying polymer floor covering to creating stained glass projects to building a tree house. For me, there is joy in finding out about subjects that would never cross my mind otherwise." —Julia Fanning, West Dundee, Illinois