Remember the woman who wrote a book about using the techniques of dog training on husbands? I felt she had gone a bit far. Demeaning to both men and dogs.
I’ve thought on it for a long time and I think I’ve got it. The techniques can be applied a persistent female problem: getting rid of stuff. Stuff that never looked good on you and never will.
The plan: Each day you select an item to get rid of and put it in the same place, preferably in a little-used room. At this juncture it’s not necessary to actually throw anything out. Sniff the item. Examine it critically. Appreciate it.
Now move to the bookshelf, remove one book and add it to the pile, murmuring, “I know I’m never going to open a book store. I accept that about myself.” Next move to your cosmetic bag and repeat, changing “bookstore” to “day spa.” Then padlock the door behind you.
On Sunday, the Sylvia Behaviorists will visit you. They will massage your neck and put cucumber slices on your eyes. Then they will unlock the door and accompany you into the room. They will hold a freshly baked cranberry scone high in the air, and when you have put all your items into a garbage bag, you will get the scone.
The scenario will be repeated every week until scone reinforcement is unnecessary, or as long as needed.