The stigma around therapy and psychology

What do we think about going to the psychologist? Have you ever heard statements like “If she’s going to a psychologist, she must be crazy” or “Why go to therapy if I already have my friend who’s the best psychologist”? It is important to discuss the myths, prejudices and the stigma associated with psychology.

Generally, when we go to a doctor’s appointment due to a physical discomfort, we have no problem telling others about it. But what happens when it is related to emotions, feelings or thoughts? Why is it so hard to express that we need to go to therapy?

Many don’t start therapy thanks to the false beliefs that exist on the subject and also owing to the prejudices that exist in society. Which is why we wanted to clarify the myths that revolve around psychology and therapy.

One of the main false beliefs is that going to a psychologist is synonymous with weakness, implying the ability and strength to solve problems with one’s own resources. Well, on the contrary:

Making the decision to go to therapy is an act of strength, of deciding to take control of what is happening to you to achieve greater well-being in your life.

 

Despite the great advances made in the general field of psychology, much of our society still continues to associate it with madness with certain types of questions arising, such as, “Isn’t going to the psychologist just for “crazy people”? I’m not crazy enough to go to a psychologist”. Going to psychological therapy doesn’t mean being crazy or having a serious problem, in fact, there are several reasons for going to therapy.

You can go for work problems, to overcome grief, family problems, anxiety, lack of confidence or simply for better self-awareness, among others.

 

It is also very common to hear arguments about the needs to go to a therapist when one already has a friend who “fulfils” the role of psychologist. There is no doubt that friendships are key for wellbeing and the right social environment is a key supporting factor for a good quality of life. However, a friend accompanies you from an impartial place, from his or her own subjectivity and own experience, but in many cases that is not enough.

The role of the therapist is to accompany and intervene in an objective way, without judgments and has the professional tools and resources to help you identify what is causing you discomfort.

 

mitos prejuicios la psicología

 

It is very important to be able to put aside these preconceived ideas about psychology and understand how it has a positive impact on many areas of our lives. Going to psychological therapy brings many benefits that allow the person to achieve greater well-being, such as:

  1. Improve the quality of life and feel better about oneself
  2. Overcome limits
  3. Improve our affective and social relationships 
  4. Develop better emotional intelligence
  5. Learn to handle conflicts and to adapt to different situations.
  6. Overcome a breakup or the death of a loved one
  7. Help with decision making
  8. Increase confidence and maximize the potential of each person
  9. And much more ..

 

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Constanza Canónica
Constanza Canónica

Nuna's psychologist. If you need advice to find a therapist, I can help you choose the most suitable one for you!

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