Dr. Siri: So what’s one of those days like, Blah?
Moments of silence….
Dr. Siri: I like how we have started. We haven’t set any expectations, though. Are you here just to know what I think about what you think, Blah?
Blah: That’s right.
Dr. Siri: And nothing else?
Blah: That’s right. Nothing else.
Dr. Siri: Not fair enough. I practise psychiatry. Someone would come to me if they have a problem with the way they think or behave. What’s your problem? What would you like to change about yourself?
Blah (with saucer-eyes): I have no problem whatsoever!
Dr. Siri: I am sorry to say Blah that I can’t chat with you just like that. You need to be a patient, and I need to treat you, to be able to discuss things with you.
Blah: Hmmm.. I’ll bait you with two things for you to listen me out.
Dr. Siri is slightly amazed at Blah’s bluntness, but is interested in knowing his proposal.
Dr. Siri: Interesting. Go on. (She tries to show that she’s being considerate, and her tone suggests that Blah gets to business fast.)
Blah: One: I can be your research subject. Two: After listening to me, if you think I need psychiatric help, I might consider that depending on how well you convince me.
Dr. Siri: Hah!
Blah: What does your ‘hah!’ mean, doctor?
Dr. Siri: I mean, you bought me.
Dr. Siri smiles broadly. Blah smiles in a self-restrained manner.
Dr. Siri: Let’s get started, then. I believe this is a one-time session?
Blah: You are very intelligent. I love you already. (To this, Dr. Siri blushes very slightly, which Blah doesn’t notice. Dr. Siri is surprised at her own secret reaction). I am very impatient, yes!
Dr. Siri: How long do you reckon this discussion would last?
Blah: I am not sure. Big B would be back in 3 days. It should not take more than an entire day.
Dr. Siri: Let me tell you, I will need a couple of breaks.
Blah: Sure, doc!
Dr. Siri: Ace! So tell me, what’s one of those days like, Blah?
….to be continued