Copyright 2009 by Richard A. Grossman, Ph.D.    All Rights reserved    E-Mail: ragrossman@voicelessness.com
Many students from around the world have e-mailed me about becoming a therapist.  "What do I need to learn?" they ask.   One of the most important tasks of "insight" therapists is to understand and appreciate subtext.   What is subtext?  It is between-the-lines communication that convey powerful messages indirectly.   Subtext affects all relationships, and is especially critical in child-rearing.  Do you have an aptitude for subtext?  Does the concept interest you?  Here's a simple exercise.

Consider the well-known and beloved Robert Frost poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening":

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

(from Immortal Poems of the English Language, Washington Square Press, 1969)
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