Stereotypes And Myths About Psychologists, Psychology and Counseling

1. The psychologist is crazy

I mention this stereotype as the first because, according to my opinion and my experiences, it is the one that is most widespread among people. Surely, each of us knows someone who smokes a cigarette when stressed because he does not know how to relax differently and probably otherwise does not master this situation since this is his learned reaction. For none of us, this reaction seems different, strange; we do not think that this person has a weakness because she does not know how to handle her stress. But when a person visits the psychologist because he does not know how to cope with his stress or other problem, he is socially classified as crazy. When instead, this means that the person is aware that they are not managing their stress and wants to improve their skills, they want to do something about their problem. But seeing it differently, When a person lights a cigarette just because he is stressed, he never learns to handle difficult situations. Psychotherapy is not to eliminate stress resources, it does not have scope for this, but it teaches us how to manage stress and emotions in each situation. We gain the skills that we can tap into at any time in the future; it enables us to break free.

2. My best friend is my best psychologist

I often hear the opinion, “I don’t need a psychologist; I have a great friend; he is the best psychologist.” Yes, thank you for all our great friends; they are irreplaceable. And this way it works; Friendship and good social support often help us in difficult situations, stress or depression. Even if your intentions are good and your advice may bring relief to us for a moment, they may not be as helpful to us in the long run.

3. The psychologist is a stiff old woman or an automobile with a beard.

Now try to imagine a psychologist, what does he look like? For many, the answer will be an older, cold, serious, and even intimidating adult. A stereotype that could not be further from reality. At present, a psychologist can be between 23 (which is more or less the age when he finishes university) and 99 years old, if his mental and physical health allows him to continue in the profession of psychologist. Just as we have various types of people, we also have various types of psychologists. Some laugh along with their clients during therapy, others remain serious, and there will surely be those who do not wink all the time to lose even a bit of their authority. It all depends on the therapeutic course that the client chooses.

4. The psychologist is a magician or a miraculous healer

Why do they call us wizards or witches? Many people come to the first session with no idea of how counseling or psychological therapy works. Some arrive with the expectation that the psychologist, already in the first session, will tell them what all their problems are, give them precise advice on how to solve their problems and, without any effort, improve the quality of their lives. And how does it all end? The client leaves the session, disappointed and unhappy at not getting what they expected. Many times I also find the opinion that psychologists are like the criminalists in television series, who know everything about their clients based on their behavior in very isolated cases.

5) The counselor is different than the psychologist.

The psychologist has the ability to provide medicine to treat your conditions. Counselors give you the opportunity to do more background work over a period of time where they spend a lot of time listening and dialoguing about your past and present situations. Find the right counselor is huge in getting started. Once you have found the counselor that fits your preferences, you can then move on to a psychologist if you feel like you need more help medically.

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