The New York Times

A Psychotherapist's Plea to Louis C.K.

PLEASE, TACKLE YOUR FAILINGS WITH THE SAME COURAGE AND HONESTY THAT DEFINED YOUR BEST COMEDY.

There was a time, a few years ago, when I would refer my new psychotherapy clients to of an appearance by the comedian Louis C.K. on Conan O’Brien’s talk show. What begins as a funny bit about why C.K. thinks cellphones are bad for teenagers turns into a thoughtful rumination on the way we use cellphones to avoid dealing with pain in life — which becomes a touching plea for feeling our feelings. “You’re lucky to live sad moments,” he says, after recounting a powerful experience of loneliness in his own life. “I was grateful to feel sad, and then I met it with true,

This article originally appeared in .

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The New York Times

The New York Times3 min read
How Libra Would Work for You
Facebook and a consortium of 27 partners on Tuesday unveiled Libra, a new cryptocurrency. Their goal? To create a new global money and the foundation for a fresh universe of financial services. That’s a grandiose vision, but what exactly will happen
The New York Times5 min read
How to Organize Your Messy Contacts List
When was the last time you memorized a phone number? Thanks to smartphones and the internet, you can stuff hundreds of numbers and email and mailing addresses into your pocket without a second thought. But those contacts can get disorganized over tim
The New York Times5 min read
No Longer All Sweetness and Light
Zendaya jumps from Disney to drug binges in HBO’s graphic “Euphoria.” In an interview, the longtime Disney Channel star discusses her “scary” move into explicit, provocative television.