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Shrink Parties For Women

Shrink Parties Will Drink to Your Problems

Your mother may have had Avon parties, and you may hope/fear that was a cuddle party at the park last Sunday, but now it's time for the shrink party.

A group of women in Manchester, England, are asking local ladies to bring their problems, and they'll bring snacks, bottles of wine, and a psychologist. The party really starts when women begin airing life's latest grievance, which could be anywhere from trivial to traumatic. One thing's for sure, though, it's fascinating to listen to.

The voyeuristic bonus is what makes shrink parties so controversial. True, they sound a lot like like group therapy, where a psychologist mediates a room of regular clients, but those people rarely know each other at the beginning. In fact, it's frowned upon. Shrink parties sound like petri dishes for gossip and judgment — "I'm doing better than her!" — which benefits the listener more than the talker.

Of course, there can be stigma attached to seeing a therapist, and some people would rather talk to a friend, but it would take a truly extraordinary group of women, who respect and support each other, to make shrink parties work. So much effort — why not just see a real shrink?

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stephley stephley 6 years
How professional is a shrink who’d take part in this? Is it really healthy for people to drink while talking about personal issues in front of others? Any promise of confidentiality? What a truly bad idea.
RedVixxen RedVixxen 6 years
Great point GTCB! Although some women may like the group setting more, I see a therapist every few months because I'd rather avoid the gossip and judgements that usually comes with talking to other women about your problems. Don't get me wrong, I have great friends that are trustworthy; sometimes I just want to bitch about something...get it out and move on, leaving it in the past. I wish us ladies could just do that like men do, but it's usually not how we operate.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
GTCB GTCB 6 years
Men just congregate at the bar after playing sports or finishing work to air their grievances. Bartenders are cheaper than psychologists.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Okay, sorry, but this is just ridiculous.
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