Split Decision

Tonight a therapist evaluated me for an anxiety group I’ll be participating in soon. Towards the end of the ninety-minute session we reached the strengths/obstacles portion of the assessment. I was presented with a set of statements such as: (1) “I understand my illness and how to cope” (strength); and (2) “I’m not clear how my illness affects me and struggle to cope” (obstacle). My task was to indicate whether I agreed with the first statement or the second. But I was also free to go down the middle and say, “Both are true for me right now.”

“Decision-making,” the therapist said. “I am comfortable making decisions, or I am often indecisive.”

I thought for a moment. “Both,” I said. “It depends on the situation.”

With a laugh the therapist replied, “That’s something an indecisive person would say.”