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A man drops a friend off at the airport after finding out that he is going to die at the airport. “I’ve made my decision,” he says. “I don’t want to find out.” “You’re making a snap decision now?” the friend asks. “I don’t want to find out,” the man says. “You might die, so you might want to come here now. I want to make the most of my time here.”

Or a child asks: “What do we do?” “You tell me,” the adult says. “No, really.”

Another man says: “It’s like the end of the world.”

“I’m going to die,” says a woman to her husband, their lips pressed together. “And I’m not happy about it.”

“I know you’re not happy,” he says. “It’s just that it’s the end of the world.” “Did you tell anyone else?”

“No.”

They break into tears.

Somehow we can control what we feel, so if we’re sad, or angry, or worried, or afraid, we can handle it. But that’s not how it is for everyone, no matter how happy we are. Still, we may focus on what we feel to drive us to do something to combat our feelings. So it’s important to look beyond the moments that lead to feeling helpless, and to take a step back when things are difficult. Any art therapy can help when someone wants to improve their lives. But these are some of the most common appeals to psychologists and other practitioners of art therapy: “Where’s my therapy?” “I’m struggling to cope.”