Anne Firmender, 74, was working with her psychologist to come up with a list of her positive attributes.
“I cook for others,” said Ms. Firmender.
“It’s giving,” encouraged the psychologist, Dimitris Kiosses.
“Good kids,” continued Ms. Firmender, who has four grown children and four grandchildren.
“And great mother,” added Dr. Kiosses. Ms. Firmender smiled.
Dr. Kiosses typed up the list and handed a printout to Ms. Firmender to take home. “When you’re feeling down and hard on yourself, you can remind yourself of your strengths,” he told her.