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Does Everyone Need Therapy? | Nick Wignall

How therapy helps

  • Understanding how the way we tend to think about things affects our moods and emotions
  • Clarifying our values and strategizing about the most effective path toward them
  • Learning to communicate directly and assertively in relationships or the workplace
  • Building self-confidence in social situations
  • Acquiring more effective parenting skills and techniques
  • Working through complicated grief or loss

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"Needing" therapy

By framing therapy in terms of what we need rather than what we could benefit from, many people experience too much shame or embarrassment to try it.

Not everybody needs therapy. But just because you don’t need something doesn’t mean you couldn’t benefit from it.

How therapy helps

  • Understanding how the way we tend to think about things affects our moods and emotions
  • Clarifying our values and strategizing about the most effective path toward them
  • Learning to communicate directly and assertively in relationships or the workplace
  • Building self-confidence in social situations
  • Acquiring more effective parenting skills and techniques
  • Working through complicated grief or loss

Therapy and growth

Ultimately, therapy is about growth and creating opportunities for positive change.

And in addition to improving traditional mental health struggles, therapy can also be a powerful and efficient way to make progress on personal goals or aspirations.

Goals improved with therapy

  • Stop procrastinating, by finding its causes.
  • Getting back on track with your sleep and with habits that lead to good sleep.
  • Getting clear about the real reasons that go into unhealthy eating patterns.
  • Therapy can help you see how your old patterns of thought and behavior might be getting in the way of good financial decisions today.
  • Values clarification helps you to better understand what it is you truly value and carve our practical strategies for moving towards it.

Reasons people begin therapy

  • Crisis and stress management.
  • To strengthen a marriage or relationship. Your marriage doesn’t have to be falling apart for marriage counseling or couples therapy to be a good idea.
  • To learn more about themselves or to build a specific psychological or emotional skill.
  • Emotional support. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on or a patient ear to vent to from time to time.

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It is a failure of imagination because we often only imagine and focus on the negative aspects.

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Isolating yourself

When we hide our pain and isolate ourselves, we throw away the most powerful antidepressant: loving support from people who care about us.

You don’t need coping strategies when you’re sad discouraged, or helpless. You need people. You need support. You need someone to give you a hug and listen carefully to your story.

Keeping quiet

Most of us hesitate to push back and stand up for ourselves because we’re afraid of being perceived as aggressive or rude. And so we default to being passive.

But there’s a middle road between being passive and aggressive: You can be assertive. It means standing up for your own wants, needs, and values, in an honest and respectful way.

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