When did it start?

“When did it start?” A question I’ve been asked by doctors more times than I care to remember.  Ever since I became interested in medicine, I have not understood this question. Somehow, it doesn’t matter how I feel, how bad it is, what it means to me. The crucial bit, asked immediately after I say what I came with, is when it started.  It just might be the most irritating question doctors can ask (me).

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Open questions

Ever since I became interested in things psychological, I have heard of open and closed questions. Whether in English-language psychology or Polish psychology, open or open-ended questions are the yardstick of good psychological practice. For a linguist, I’m sorry to say, it’s complete nonsense. Why? Well, in a nutshell, because it doesn’t matter. It’s a fetish.

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