"Being listened to and being heard is an experience that doesn't happen terribly often," he muses. "To listen compassionately or nonjudgmentally to another person — not to get too heavy about it — but I once heard somebody say that was a form of real prayer."Yes, and a counselor or psychologist must be compassionate and nonjudgemental in a way that a priest hearing confessions or a professor hearing explanations doesn't have to be.
THE TRENCHANT OBSERVATION OF THE DAY.
Gabriel Byrne, who requested a short committment to his role as the unimaginative Jarl Haraldson on Vikings (granted in the best Viking style), reflects on his longer role playing a psychologist on the HBO marathon series Treatment.