Note to reader: I am using this space and place to post parts of a new slip-fiction novel series I am working on, Left Brain Right, the story of a young girl who hears voices. I will not be posting the whole story, but I will be posting practical tips when dealing with someone, or one’s own self, as they are going through traumatic, or not so traumatic, experiences.

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How today’s story excerpt can help you:

Theme: Manipulating the environment, or mirroring others, can help you feel more comfortable around them, or them more comfortable around you.


Today’s Story Excerpt: (Right Side)

August 22nd

As I work on setting up my office for the school year, I think about all the students I’ll be serving. All unique, all different. One thing I found is that I seem to make the most gains when I alternate my office environment based upon their unique personalities. Some like quiet, other need back-ground noise. Some like bright lights, others dim. Some like to play a game, or work on art while talking and processing. Others like to just sit across my desk in a chair and keep it strictly professional. Some talk a lot, some don’t. Some need an incentive to work on their goals, while others do not. The key to reaching them all is to manipulate the environment so that they feel the most comfortable. To become almost like a chameleon: match their movements and mirror their body language so that they almost see themselves in me. That’s how I get them to open up, talk, and trust me.