MADELEINE BRAND, host:
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Unidentified Woman #1: What?
Unidentified Man #1: What?
Unidentified Woman #2: What?
Unidentified Man #2: What's the new what? ..TEXT: BRAND: What's the New What is Youth Radio's weekly series on Day to Day. These are commentaries about new trends in young America. Today, Youth Radio's Alyssa Wagner says she has found alternative solutions to life's troubles.
ALYSSA WAGNER: What' s the new what? For me and lots of my friends, psychics are the new psychologists. Here's a typical story. One of my best friends, Leslie Hyman, went through a pretty bad breakup with a pretty bad guy. Her parents decided she should go to therapy.
Ms. LESLIE HYMAN (Psychic Customer): It was an interesting process, but I didn't like it. I only went for three months and I decided one day on my 18th birthday to go to a psychic.
WAGNER: It made all the difference.
Ms. HYMAN: Because I felt like she gave me more of my future instead of with my therapist I felt that I was kind of dwelling over the past and I was kind of stuck.
WAGNER: Dwelling in the past isn't any fun if you what you want is to be happy and hopeful again and getting to that point isn't always quick with a psychologist.
Ms. JESSICA MATTHEWS (Psychic): Some people will you know, can go to six years of therapy to finally get that aha revelation moment.
WAGNER: This is the woman I see, Jessica Matthews, better known as Rabbit.
Ms. MATTHEWS: Or they can come and see me and sometimes have that aha revelation moment right here, right now.
WAGNER: Every few months I pay Rabbit 45 dollars for a half hour reading, and you could probably find someone that does it for less, but trust me it's worth every penny. Because my parents like to think they're pretty hip to up and coming trends I asked them why they thought people might be ditching Freud's Id for some ESP.
Mrs. WAGNER (Alyssa Wagner's Mother): It's like the psychiatrist you feel is going to judge you.
WAGNER: That's my mom.
Mrs. WAGNER: Who wants to be judged? I just want someone to hear what's going on with me and maybe help me find out more what's going on and if that was going to be the case I'd certainly go to see a psychic over a psych - shrink. I always want to say shrink. Why do they call them shrinks anyway?
WAGNER: I don't know.
Mrs. WAGNER: They try to shrink you, that's why, diminish you. Whereas, I'm sure a psychic opens you up the universe.
WAGNER: Oh, OK.
(Soundbite of laughter)
WGNER: Speaking of people becoming open to the universe, it turns that Rabbit does tarot readings for lots of therapists.
Ms. MATTHEWS: Like the things that to you and I might be a mystery, they see every day and so, they know all the tricks, you know so they can't really fool themselves, but then when they come see me, I still have what's, you know, quote, unquote, "magic."
WAGNER: And it's that magic that makes psychics the new psychologists.
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Unidentified Man: What's the new what?
Unidentified Woman: What?
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