Freeing Speech

Talking Therapy with Graham Norton, Orlando Bloom and Tamsin Greig

Outside of our awareness, so much of our time and energy is spent routinely editing and censoring ourselves.

For example, how often have we heard someone say, I don’t wish to criticise you, but…?

We may well wonder why did they bother raising the matter only to deny it!

In therapy what we deny can be telling

Of course, despite this routine censorship our speech sometimes frees itself anyway, although it often goes unnoticed or appears as non-sense.

For example, in the video clip below Orlando Bloom says something about his father.

He then immediately censors himself only for Tamsin Greig to draw our attention to what he said.

Bloom then engages in a comic exaggeration, one of the effects of which is to distract our attention from what he had said.

Of course, the comment that slipped out may not necessarily be true, it may not tell things as they are.

We do not know since what Orlando Bloom said was only half said.

Therapy can enable you to complete what’s only ever been half said in your life, to hear it, to sort it out as best you can, and to bear the consequences.

It might mean hearing what you have wished for but have not been able to admit.

Or to acknowledge home truths that seemed necessary to keep hidden, be forgotten.

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