Wolf, I'm here at the National Institute of Consumer Confidence in Langley, Virginia, where CNN is getting a rare glimpse at cutting-edge research into the mind of the American consumer -- as we all know, the bulwark of our economy.
"Here, psychologists probe the innermost thoughts of Americans and why they spend -- or don't spend -- their hard-earned money.
"Every day, our government learns more about the economy's underpinnings during therapy sessions with typical American consumers
"Let's listen in on a session right now..."
"Good afternoon, Bob. How are we feeling today?"
"OK, I guess, doctor. I'm still a little jittery. I tried going to the mall. I'm …