Ben Gurion Airport: Cheaper and Deeper than Psychotherapy


I’m writing this from Ben Gurion airport, where I’m waiting for my flight back to Istanbul. I’ve just had a remarkably, I mean remarkably long conversation with the airport security officials.

I can’t at all blame them for wondering. I look like something the cat dragged in (it’s been a busy week, no time for laundry), I’ve got some weird story about being a freelance journalist who lives in Turkey because she’s adopted a lot of stray animals, and I’m telling them I’ve been here checking out Hezbollah installments on the Lebanese border. If that doesn’t add up to secondary questioning, it’s kind of hard to imagine what would.

It was a lot less expensive than psychotherapy, and after a while I really got into it. I’d really never thought that much about my whole life story before. If they’d offered me a couch and another hour, I’m sure I would have achieved significant insight.

There are 6 comments.

  1. Member

    Do we smell a Berlinski autobiography in the making? One major section: “The Ricochet Years.”

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    • March 19, 2011 at 10:03 am
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  2. Member

    Where’s that video? Judith and Mollie are slacking.

    • #2
    • March 19, 2011 at 10:09 am
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  3. Inactive

    Were they Jungians or Freudians?

    • #3
    • March 19, 2011 at 10:10 am
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  4. Inactive

    Did you factor in a long interview when you timed your trip to the airport?

    • #4
    • March 19, 2011 at 10:13 am
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  5. Inactive

    Profiling is an incredibly interesting field. Have you heard about neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)? Evidently, we human animals give away a lot in body language, but get this: the direction our eyes look just after a question or some other stimulus gives away where we are going in our mind to process an answer: are we making up an answer or or we accessing a memory of an actual event.

    I imagine you made friends through this process because if they kept you that long you were probably being interviewed by one of Israel’s best — and since you are a friend of Israel’s that had to go well in the end.

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    • March 21, 2011 at 7:53 am
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  6. Inactive

    Claire: glad that they only chose to search your psyche, if ya know what I mean.

    • #6
    • March 22, 2011 at 2:14 am
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