What do you think about psychology and psychotherapy are they useful?
I am really interested to get honest answers because as a graduation psychologist I have my doubts. From my personal experience I think that they are very helpful but I have met very sceptic people who think that psychology is just another scam
There is a class of diseases called mental sickness like psychosis and neurosis ; ,only psychotherapy and psychology have the potential to cure these diseases for good. sedatives and tranquillizers only afford the transitory relief making the existing ailment more serious and morbid in nature.
Psychology and psychotherapy have their place, and are particularily effective when used in combination with medications designed to treat mental illnesses, if one is truly suffering a chemical imbalance in their brain that needs rebalancing. Some people think of psychology and psychotherapy as psycho-babble that doesn't make much sense in the real world. That is a know-nothing attitude in my opion. It is a lot better for a distressed person to speak to a psychologist or psychiatrist, than to talk to uninformed people or to nobody. Often problems that seem insurmountable can be put in perspective through psychotherapy, and a patient can get on with their life. My one caution regarding psychotherapy is that it should be done with an end goal in mind, and not done indefinitely, as some people use it as a crutch to limp along in life without actually getting better over time.
As I understand the field of psychology, if you want to get anywhere, you need an advanced degree like a Masters or PhD. A bachelor's degree in psychology has limited applications.
There is a school of thought that we all have events from our past that we take in and store in our subconscious. We bring all this with us into our present, usually unknowningly. These events create who we are. It is believed that we also then, create defenses and ways of coping to deal with these stored issues.
When some of these events have been traumatic and/or create reactions in us that cause problems for us in our present lives, it is a good idea to find a way to bring these events to the conscious surface to deal with them and release them.
So often these events create false shame within people for a variety of reasons. They also have a lot of pain attached to them. This pain has been buried along with the events. Psychotherapy, I believe, can only work for someone who is fully ready and wanting to deal with what is stirring inside them. To decide this, is to also decide to face all the negative emotions inside. I can be a very hard journey and requires strength and courage. Until someone is fully ready, they can feel a sense of negativity towards any process that will threaten their own peace they've created through denial. It's just one of those things that makes us human, in my opinion and belief.
If a person is not completely ready to go back in time to deal with the pain, psychotherapy will not work and therefore, can be perceived as "just another scam".
I hesitate to use the word scam, because I assume most psychotherapists believe they're healing humanity. However I found psychotherapy essentially to be faith healing. Though the therapists convinced me that monumental things occurred, "treatment" ultimately reduced down to empty and ridiculous ritual.
Psychotherapy is an engineered, paternalistic relationship promising authenticity and autonomy. It fixates upon and enshrines wounds, defects and persecution. It habituates self-obsession. It views the human spirit pathologically and distantly.
Practitioners and their surrogates often aim arsenals of presumptions at "negative outcomes" like mine. She was unready to "deal with her pain" or resistant, or too borderline or unwilling to change. These sweeping assumptions and diagnoses about persons and situations unseen, that practitioners practically feign omniscience, highlight psychotherapy's absurdity. It's paradoxical how psych scientists, purporting to be such Seekers, do so little research in negative outline and have so little interest in actually hearing from consumers.
Two blogs, A Disgruntled Ex-Psychotherapy Client Speaks her Piece and another--Reasons To Be Therapy-Free critique therapy from a consumer viewpoint.
Contrary to the post below I was thoroughly ready "face my pain." That self-involved ritual was thorough training in regression and victimhood. Now I'm "facing the pain" again--the pain of what a sucker I was to buy into psychotherapy.
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