“A typical example is that a woman may say that she came to the crisis center because her husband is having an affair. But it then turns out that she has known for a long time that he has been having the affair. Why did the woman decide to seek help about the affair today, rather than a month ago or a year ago? The immediate impetus may have been a single sentence spoken, or else a detail of the affair that the client held to be the ‘last straw,’ or a seemingly trivial event reminding the client of something significant in the client’s past. Often the client isn’t even conscious of the answer to that question ‘Why now?’ But when the answer is discovered, it may prove helpful to the client, or to the therapist, or to both, in understanding the crisis.” A passage from Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change by Jared Diamond.


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