Talk-therapy is something we’ve all seen in movies and TV shows, but it’s also something that many people dismiss as something that wouldn’t really work for them before even trying it. Unfortunately, seeing a therapist is often looked upon as something only people who’ve stopped functioning need, but it’s really not the case. You don’t need to be crazy to see a psychologist.
Physical Symptoms: Stress and psychological traumas can manifest themselves in various ways, especially physically. From headaches to sleeping problems, and ulcers to stomach aches, what we go through in life can come back to haunt us, and therapy is a way of dealing with the cause of your ailments.
Passive Aggressiveness: We all feel things, but it’s the way we deal with those emotions that truly makes a difference. Talking about our feelings and thoughts to someone who’s not a friend or family member can be incredibly liberating, and a psychologist will give you the professional insight needed to deal with them in a healthy way.
Make the Abstract Tangible: Problems will crop up in every relationship, every job and every endeavor. Many argue that life, in itself, is one big problem that needs to be solved. The problem with most problems, however, is that they feel abstract. Talking to someone about that problem can help turn that which you can’t put your finger on into something you can grab by the horns and deal with.
Stop Self-Medication: While no one can fix things for us, self-medication is not always the best option. Knowing someone is there to help you and offer advice means that you won’t feel alone. It also breaks the addictive cycle of repressing emotions, and helps you deal with things from your past.
Future Problems: Your life will never be problem-free. Even if you win the lottery and move to a deserted island, you’ll still have stuff to deal with. It’s part of being human. But understanding why you feel what you feel when a particular problem arises is a way of stopping events from engulfing your whole being. By speaking to a psychologist, you can instead let them inspire you to create a game plan that helps you become more proactive.
At a time when most of us feel overwhelmed by information, responsibilities and the relentless pace life has taken, seeing a psychologist is actually a good way of de-stressing and grounding ourselves. The only real question is: Why wouldn’t you want that for yourself?
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