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Curiosity: Why a Grown Woman Would Carry Around a Large Empty Purse?

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I am wondering why a grown woman would carry around an large empty purse while faking looking for something in it. I can only think of two reasons. She is mentally off or she goes in with a empty purse and leaves with a full one. But if she isn’t a thief… What physiological reason would she have?

Curiosity: Why a Grown Woman Would Carry Around a Large Empty Purse?

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It would certainly be hard to know for sure, but my first guess is that the handbag may belong to someone struggling with dementia. Women with dementia navigate their identity, memories, security, and privacy through familiar things. A handbag for a woman is often a sign of all of these things and a familiar (but empty) purse may be a trigger for her search.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Curiosity: Why a Grown Woman Would Carry Around a Large Empty Purse?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Curiosity: Why a Grown Woman Would Carry Around a Large Empty Purse?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/10/23/curiosity-why-a-grown-woman-would-carry-around-a-large-empty-purse/
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