Pinterest photos help therapist gauge clients’ moods

thumbnailby Cree McCree

WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • Forget Rorschach tests. Pinterest is the latest therapeutic tool. Relationship counselor Crystal Rice scans people’s emotions by viewing the photos they post on the popular social media site.
  • Rice, who runs Insieme Consulting in Hagarstown, MD, asks clients to pin pictures that reflect their mood every day. When clients return to her office, they look at Pinterest together to see what stories the photos tell.
  • “I’ll ask them how things have gone, and they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s fine,'” says Rice. “Then I say, ‘OK, let’s go over your Pinterest board.’ And, really, over the last three weeks, it’s been dark, or maybe they were sad or upset, and they weren’t thinking about that when they were sitting in my office” (NewsWorks.com, 5 November 2012).

WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS

  • When it comes to gauging emotions, a picture really is worth a thousand words, and many people find it easier to express themselves through images. The photos also serve as icebreakers that give therapists an opening to get a dialogue going.
  • Pinterest encourages daydreams, which point to where a person wants to go. It also makes it easy to create an interactive journal that documents the ups and downs of life.

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