One of the most helpful things a psychology professor told me (at a Christian university) was to question my clients, in a similar fashion as God did to Adam after his fall in the Garden of Eden: “Adam, where are you?” This, as opposed to the mistake of looking at my clients and saying, “There you are!”
In other words, let my clients tell me who they are and how they have arrived at this point, rather than me making premature assumptions about them.
One of my favorite ways of asking, “Where are you,” is to inquire about my clients’ favorite books, music, movies and hobbies. These topics give a counselor great insight into an individual’s private world.
Lately, I’ve noticed a trend…
Several of my clients have been reading books about vampires.
Especially the Twiliight Saga Series of books by Stephenie Meyer. She has two books on Barnes and Noble’s web site, ranked #5 and #6.
Another popular series for young adults is the Vampire Kisses Series which is ranked in the low 500’s on Barnes and Noble.
I watched Dracula when I was 10 years old. It scare me so much that never again did I want to watch anything pertaining to vampires, so I don’t understand the fascination.
I googled the question: “Why are vampire books so popular?” One of the responses said, “I think vampire books are so popular because they combine a lot of elements that are really well-liked in books – an otherworldly aspect, easy to read without a huge amount of thought, eroticism, and violence.”
The other night my 17-year old son was driving home, when a “vampire” stepped out in front of his car and waved his cape around. My son, who never gets flustered, slept with his dog that night.
Yikes! So what’s up? Please, readers, help me to understand the current trend towards vampires.
*Update: A friend sent me this link to the Wall Street Journal article.
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."