The psychologist is for crazy people!
“Psychologists is for crazy people!” Let’s face it, we’ve heard these words several times. Maybe every time we talked about the possibility of consulting a psychologist for ourselves, or recommend a consult to a friend or family. Does the negative judgement of people that see a psychologist still exist, or can we say that things are eventually changing?
The stigma towards mental illness is giving way to a more moderate and realistic attitude. It only survives where people don’t have the right information about what exactly a psychologist does and when could be helpful or necessary to consult one.
Who is and what a psychologist does exactly?
The psychologist is a mental health specialist. He (or she) uses techniques and tools to evaluate the presence of a psycho-emotional problem or a disorder, its severity and indications to psychotherapeutic treatment.
In doing so, the psychologist always keeps in mind a code of ethical conduct. This code exists for protection of the client/patient and the professional category itself.
The code of ethics, a guarantee
Many countries ask their professionals, especially those of the clinical area, to agree or to take an oath to an ethical code. This consists of a number of articles that serve to ensure the appropriateness of the conduct of the professional. It serves to protect patients’s privacy. Ensures the protection of sensitive information. In general, it protects the professional class from illegal activity conducted outside this line of principles and by unauthorized people.
Who and why is addressed to a psychologist?
That psychologists is for crazy people, is obviously false and misleading. Also not respectful of those who are burdened by a psychic disease. Unfortunately, this attitude has deep roots, biologically founded in our evolutionary ancestors. Hard to disappear.
In a nutshell we have inherited it from primates and from the dynamics of power within the pack (access to resources, the possibility of mating and reproducing etc…). Being wounded or sick inside the pack means that higher ranks are denied, or that you are but are considered in some way having less reproductive potential. This happens for the protection of the whole group and for its survival. Therefore, even millions of years after our origins, we still tend to prefer unwittingly individuals who we think can lead forward the whole group. This is still manifested in the stigma of mental and physical illness. Even though there are plenty of social, economic, ergonomic measure that provide protection to fragile people, even though the society cares for them, of course. We’re talking an ancestral level, mostly unconscious.
Who need a psychologist?
Anyone who seek help from a psychologist is just someone who consider being in need of a specialist, not unlike anyone who see a dentist for a toothache!
The reasons why psychological intervention can be necessary and useful are many. They go from a time of crisis in the couple, facing a difficult time with a loved one. An indecision about the future. Not necessarily reasons like these imply a complex basis or require a real psychotherapeutic intervention. You can also solve these kind of issues through some support talks. The psychologist is also the professional who can tell if you’re in need of therapy or not, according to the nature of the problem and its impact on you’re life. Depending on the willingness to engage in a longer and more structured path.
What if people know that I’m seeing a psychologist?
Many people, while being able to benefit from it, don’t t ask for help thinking that friends or acquaintances would judge him/her badly.
Like they said, “If you see a psychologist it means that you are troubled/crazy.”
Perhaps the most practical way of dealing with this issue is:
“What kind of person would we like to be? Would you like the judgement of others (which most likely does not correspond at all to wat you fear) prevent you from reaching your goals and your well-being? Do you want to let yourself be influenced by what we suppose thet others think of you, or would you live instead by your own thought and feelings? ”
Many of the events of our existence as men are beyond our control. But there are things that we can.
Starting a therapeutic path begin to change what needs to be fixed is part of these.