Celebrity shrink, Esther Perel, who I’ve pilloried here many times, has been on a reinvention campaign of late. First she declared herself an “executive coach“, now during this pandemic, Esther would like to be our grief counselor.
Being the world’s most well-known cheater apologist probably isn’t a good look right now.
That’s okay, because Esther has many looks. Grief counselor Esther is here to buck us up during this difficult time. According to the New York Times:
The irony of the moment, Ms. Perel points out, is that in a time of unimaginable death we can be reminded how to live. Social distance doesn’t preclude our coming together.
Like all you Exuberantly Alive Schmoopies out there! Escape your literal Mating in Captivity cages and come together. Video sex chat, have a long clandestine “shopping” trip (wink wink nudge nudge). Does your partner need help with the dishes/telework/homeschooling? Hey, it’s your happiness that really matters.
Thank you, Esther. You really are the go-to lady when it comes to Quests for Aliveness. Consider me uplifted.
In fact, you’ve taught me so much about relationships, I’ve applied some of your teachings to the coronavirus.
Why are we demonizing lethal viruses? Plague, contagion, are so judgmental.
Coronavirus is described in terms of perpetrators and victims, damages and cost. We need to be far more tolerant of deadly contagions.
Have you considered the needs of the coronavirus? I know you’re dying on a ventilator, but I think you should examine your part in all this. Your anger and bitterness at 27 percent lung capacity is not helping your relationship.
Try to understand COVID-19. Its need to replicate itself at the cellular level.
It just wanted to be happy.
The virus just wants you to know that you are its PRIMARY relationship. Its promiscuity (wow, Bob, you’ve got a nice set of lungs I’d like to know better) is nothing you should feel threatened by.
We should look at coronavirus in terms of growth, autonomy, and the desire to reconnect with lost parts of ourselves.
Organ failure can make a marriage stronger.