one good memory

Milton Erickson was an American psychiatrist who specialised in hypnosis. Some of his methods were quite unorthodox as this story reveals…..

A depressed woman went to Erickson for help. She was ashamed and upset about being so ugly and unattractive. She had a small gap in her front teeth that she thought was a disfigurement and she despaired of ever marrying or having children. She was planning to suicide, but decided to give Erickson a crack at it first.

After taking a history, Erickson prescribed the following: She was to buy some new outfits and get a new hairstyle as well as a facial makeover. Finally, he told her she was to practice squirting water through the gap in her teeth until she could squirt it accurately at a distance of seven or eight feet.

During questioning, Erickson had deduced that she had an admirer at work that had triggered the onslaught on negative self-statements. She would often see him at the drinking fountain, and when she did, she’d run back to her desk and bury herself in her work. Erickson got her to agree to dress up in her new clothes, fix her hair and make up and go to work. When the young man would show up at the drinking fountain, she was to get a mouth full of water and squirt it at him right before she’d take one step toward him, then turn around and “run like hell.”

Olga found here

Initially she was reluctant but Erickson reminded her that she had come in contemplating suicide. As long as she was planning to die, she ought to die with at least one good memory. So she did it. And to her* amazement, the young man ran after her, caught her, spun her around and kissed her. She came out of the depression, formed new relationships, and ultimately got married.

* and to my amazement as well. Is this some secret you guys have been keeping from us for years? How many proposals could I expect to receive in a year if I practiced squirting water out of my mouth and running like hell after I doused the object of my affections?

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  1. There’s only one way to find out…

    The King

    • But I don’t have a gap between my two front teeth 😦

      • you’ll have to find some other place to squirt from…

  2. Love the ‘Something about Mary’ lady.

    This makes me wonder if the boy was a lover of the Golden Shower.

    • My eldest son was on a domestic flight in the USA once and he swears the flight attendant was that actress from TSBM… do you think it’s possible he was correct?

      • Probably. I don’t think there are too many people that look like her. Wait, unless it was a flight from south Florida. There are actually a lot of people that look like her there.

  3. I’m oldfashioned – If you want my attention, get naked and bring beer – then you may be noticed during the commercials after a wicket or a goal or before the start of the Bathurst 500 – – –

    Damn! I’ve just blown my street cred 😦

  4. So that’s all it takes to get a bit of attention – I will learn from this story.

  5. I predict you will receive zero proposals if you squirt water on someone and then run, of course I would be way off if you did this in one of your corsets.

  6. A talented female mouth can indeed be a fountain of knowledge so it would seem.

    …it’s the licking of lips afterwards that always does it for me.

  7. An exceptional story not only for its tackling of the issue of depression, but that of suicide.

    The moral being I guess, why suicide when there are so many fun and unusual activities to get up to such as squirting water through a gap in your teeth.

  8. I have sometimes found a little gap between the front teeth to be rather appealing. My paramour of long ago had one. I can’t say he ever squirted water at me through it though. I can’t say I’d have minded if he had either.

    • Stephen had a snaggletooth. Not an advantage for squirting water but great for biting

  9. I don’t think the inverse of this tale works, that a man spitting water at a woman will win her heart. Not that I’m not willing to give it a try, though I don’t have that gap in my teeth.

    • Come over here and practice on me

  10. I don’t know anything about gap-squirting but after letting my eyes drift down through this post man-oh-man do I want to get married.

    Ido Idoido

  11. I have one question… Where (and how) in the world do you find these awesome pictures on a regular basis?

    Thomas 🙂

    • By devoting too much time to search engines

      • Time well spent!

  12. damn, how did you find out one of our “sacred secrets”. whoever snitched is going to be in big trouble with the Man Union.

  13. Holy Lauren Hutton Batman!

    Whatever floats yer Boat!

  14. Sounds like a few exciting new methods to try with co-workers. Will report back if I still have a job.

  15. Milton Ericksen, psychiatrist and hypnotist who brought them together sounds like quite a character. Hope he got to go to the wedding.

    I wonder too if his skills ran to marriage counselling if and when the water squirting became old hat ?

  16. Damned if this tale doesn’t read like an awesomely liberating 20th century neurotics’ fairy tale!

  17. I spit all over my wife all the time, she just tries to throw me out of the house.

  18. Wow! In that case i should stop squirting water at people!!!!

    I wonder if that guy should be placed under hypnosis as well…clearly something ain’t right with him as well!

  19. Men do like playful women, so the shrink was probably right.
    And those brides seem to be in a hurry for their honeymoons.

  20. Lucky it was the gap between her teeth that was the problem? I’m just saying!!!!

  21. If anyone remembers, the Wife of Bath as gap-toothed, and in Chaucer’s time that was physiognomic shorthand for lustiness. There may be some buried species memory that this sets off.

  22. The kiss must have broke the spell in the depressed woman like in the story
    The dwarfs return to their cottage and find Snow White seemingly dead. Unwilling to bury her body out of sight in the ground, they instead place her in a glass coffin trimmed with gold in a clearing in the forest. Together with the woodland creatures, they keep watch over her body through the seasons.

    After several seasons pass, a Prince who had previously met and fallen in love with Snow White, learns of her plight and visits her coffin. Captivated by her beauty, he kisses her, which breaks the spell and awakens her. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as Snow White and the prince ride off to the Prince’s castle.

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