If someone is seeing a psychologist do you see that person as being weak?
- YesVote A
- NoVote B
- Other (please explain)Vote C
Most Helpful Guy
No, I don't think so. I've had a phase in my life when I was around 19-21 and struggling really, really hard for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I would sit on the computer through whole nights instead of sleeping, looking up fast and painless ways to commit suicide. Without going too much into details, I can tell you that it was a very, very rough time. One day I decided to ask my mom if she can look up a psychologist for me. I knew she would find me a good one because she happens to be a psychologist herself (obviously I didn't want to talk about it with her since she's my mom ;-)). She was very sweet about it (she had been worrying about me a lot and for a long time) and found a good psychologist that we both didn't know. So I started going to therapy first just to see what it's like and soon it became a regular thing. I ended up going there for more than a year, always once a week. I didn't feel weak when I was there. In fact, it made me feel great. Finally I had somebody who I could tell all my secrets to and I knew she wouldn't judge me. Sometimes I was pissed, sometimes really depressed... and she just took it all from me. My psychologist had a very Freudian approach to therapy (it's called "depth psychology"). In this school of psychology, a therapist asks almost no questions but simply lets his/her patient talk. Even if the patient doesn't seem to know anything anymore, they remain silent and wait for new input. In the beginning this felt quite weird. We would have these very long 2-3 minute intervals of just looking at each other silently. It felt awkward. But the more I went there, the more I actually started liking it. For the first time I had the possibility to talk about my worries and then simply go silent for a long time and think about how to express myself and finally continue without losing the other person's interest. I think getting all those things off my chest was a very, very good experience. Plus, my psychologist also did give me some pretty good life advice. So, speaking from personal experience I don't understand why many people feel some kind of weird pride and don't want to go there. Why would anyone choose being miserable or even killing themselves over a person who listens to all your stupid stories without even judging you in any way?2
Most Helpful Girl
no, it actually means that you're a strong person4