The mission of psychologists

02.10.2020

Part of the problem that leads some people to be unhappy for months or even years is that, no matter how bad they feel, they do not consider seeking professional psychological help. "That's for crazy people," they think, and after all what happens to them is not so serious or based on such irrational patterns of behavior.

But, this is a mistake. Without knowing it, these people harm themselves and may even harm others if they spread the idea that psychology services are only for extreme cases in which they have lost contact with reality or with the possibility of understanding to others.

The good news is that psychologists can work to help people be happy in ways that many people don't expect .

Why don't you have to be crazy to go to the psychologist?

The idea that the psychologist's office is the place where "crazy people" go is wrong for many reasons. First of all, you have to ask yourself something basic: what exactly does being crazy consist of? The concept of insanity is not used by the behavioral and health sciences for a very simple reason: it is just a mirage, a set of clichés and stereotypes that have been used historically to refer to people with unconventional behaviors.

In fact, what was considered madness a few decades ago could fit behaviors that are not only common today , but even well-regarded, such as dedicating themselves to traveling instead of working in a stable place and starting a family after a certain age, or create original and groundbreaking music.

Thus, the only thing that people who have been considered crazy have had or have in common is the fact that they have suffered stigmatizing attacks for the simple fact of going outside the norm in some aspect.

What if we assume that being crazy consists simply of having developed mental disorders, such as social phobia, bipolar disorder or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Even with this extremely benevolent definition of insanity, it cannot be said that the work of psychologists is limited to this. And it is that, although it may surprise, what psychologists do in our interventions in patients goes beyond the world of mental health or the treatment of psychopathologies

So ... what is the use of having professional psychological assistance?

From what we have seen so far, the work we psychologists do is not limited to treating people with problems that can be considered psychological disorders, that is, clinically relevant phenomena. And it is that emotional, behavioral and relationship-related problems go beyond the world of mental health.

So ... what exactly does the work of a psychologist or a psychologist consist of? In addition to enhancing the well-being of those who have developed psychopathologies and even neurological disorders, our work is, in short, to apply psychological knowledge and intervention methods to facilitate that people can be happy by introducing changes in their own ways of behaving, to feel and to relate to others.

You have probably noticed that this task is very open and adaptable, not necessarily starting from the detection of psychopathologies. Indeed: our work as psychologists is characterized by flexibility , precisely because human behavior, everything that we can do, feel and think, is extraordinarily diverse.

It is also for this reason that psychological intervention is always a process adapted to each person and their circumstances. And since each individual experience is unique, what we can help people with is also very varied, because what separates us from happiness or prevents us from doing well in life takes different forms.

In short: it is not madness, it is human complexity

The term insanity, in popular use, not only has no scientific value: it also does not reflect the complexity of the kinds of problems that psychologists help overcome. For better and for worse, humans are capable of extraordinary ability to respond to the environment, but sometimes we get "trapped" in situations that have been created from a combination of our previous actions, our biological predispositions and what happens. around us.

In therapy sessions, psychologists help "undo" these psychological problems and take advantage of our potential to adapt, achieving autonomy and therefore room for maneuver to move closer to happiness.

Sigmund Freud confessed in his letters that he was afraid to travel. He called this type of anxiety "Reiseangst", although to this day, this particular phobia is known differently and defines a condition associated with generalized anxiety disorders.

Sleeping is a must. If we want to perform physically and mentally the next day, it is necessary that we have enjoyed a good sleep the night before. Only by having good sleep hygiene can we wake up rested and full of energy.

According to Harvard psychologist and author of The Sociopath Next Door , Martha Stout, one in 25 people is a sociopath . This can represent a real problem for today's society.