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Psychology translated from Greek means "the science of the human soul", and therefore studies human activity from a psychological point of view. A psychologist is a person who has a higher psychological education, whose main job is to help another person understand himself and solve his problems on his own. Let's consider some of them.
Psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist - terms that mean the same thing. Yes, these terms are consonant, but there is still a difference.
A psychologist is a specialist trained in the field of psychology. Since psychological education is not medical, a psychologist (unlike a psychiatrist) has no right to prescribe medications. Its function is psychological counseling that helps healthy people to understand difficult life situations (for example, difficulties in communication, family relationships, decision-making, with different kinds of stress).
A psychiatrist is a person who has received medical education and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders (diseases). His patients are people with serious mental disorders (for example, manic-depressive psychosis). For treatment, the psychiatrist uses medications and various types of psychotherapy.
A psychotherapist is a specialist who most often uses non-pharmacological methods to provide assistance. Usually, such a specialist owns one of the areas of psychotherapy. Psychotherapists work both with mentally healthy people and with people in states on the verge of health and illness (neuroses, depression). For treatment, the psychotherapist uses certain psychotechnics (rational psychotherapy, psychodrama, Ericksonian trance, NLP, transpersonal psychotherapy, body-oriented psychotherapy, psychosynthesis) that help solve the client's problem.
Psychologists always impose their opinions. This is not entirely true. In fact, a psychologist, having listened to a person, tries to find the most optimal solution to the problem for him, helps to get rid of old prototypes and "opens his eyes" to new perspectives. And the person himself must decide exactly how to act in this or that situation.
Psychologists are never wrong. You can argue with that. A psychologist is the same person as all other people, and therefore he tends to make mistakes. The only thing psychologists have is to remain calm in any unforeseen situation, and therefore they are not inherent in being nervous and experiencing emotional negativity.
The psychologist always knows how to help. This is far from the case. It is not the responsibility of a psychologist to solve a problem for the person himself. The only way he can help is to listen and help to sort out his feelings. A psychologist is, roughly speaking, a "vest" in which you can cry. Indeed, sometimes it is enough for a person to just speak out - and he does much better.
A psychologist at first glance can understand "what a person breathes." Indeed, a psychologist is able to predict the possible actions of this or that person in a given situation. It can determine the character and temperament of a person, but for this he will need some time to communicate with the client, perhaps offer him to pass a series of tests, according to the results of which the specialist can draw certain conclusions about the orientation of the client's personality.
Every psychologist is familiar with magic. Complete absurdity. The psychologist and the magician are completely different concepts. A magician is a person who does not advertise his occupation, as a rule, learns magic secretly, and cannot do anything without his spells and improvised means. The psychologist, in his work, applies only the knowledge he has acquired in a vocational educational institution.
Only weaklings turn to psychologists! In fact, those who just really need spiritual help think so. Such people will never admit that it is hard for them. They usually suppress their problems with alcohol, and it happens that some bring themselves to suicide. There is nothing wrong with a person resorting to the help of a psychologist. Nowadays, it has even become fashionable to visit this specialist.
Healthy people do not go to psychologists! Not at all. It is a healthy person who is healthy because he has someone to talk to. After all, as you know, keeping everything to yourself is very, very harmful. Therefore, women probably live longer than men - they will cry and feel lighter at heart, while men are not used to crying.
Only mentally ill people turn to a psychologist. This opinion is completely wrong. As already mentioned, psychologists work with healthy people who need support and help from outside.
Don't let someone else know about your problems. In another way, it is called "wash dirty linen in public." However, that is why he is a "stranger" in order to listen to a person, tell him what to do and how to be, and forget about him, and not run to tell everyone to the right and left about his problems.
Who is he to teach me how to live! A psychologist in no way teaches anyone, he only helps a person to cope with his emotional experiences, gives an opportunity to speak out and suggests a compromise solution.
Words cannot help matters! Well, why not? Sometimes moral support gives such a boost of energy that a person is ready to move mountains. It is not for nothing that athletes and participants in various games (KVN, for example) bring a support group with them.
The psychologist will solve all my problems for me. Misconception. The function of a psychologist is to advise a client, to create conditions under which a person himself is able to find a way out of this situation. Turning to a psychologist, a person should be ready to change himself and his attitude to the world around him, and not expect a specialist to change the world around him.
The psychologist does not have problems. Why then? There are. After all, psychologists are people too. Sometimes a psychologist is able to solve his problems faster and more efficiently. But sometimes he has to turn to his colleagues for help. And that's quite normal. After all, wisdom consists not in solving all problems yourself, but in solving them in the best way and with the least expenditure of time and nerves.
Psychologists are reliable and kind, they help everyone and always. It should not be forgotten that a psychologist is a profession that does not necessarily have to be turned into a lifestyle. It is the psychologist who will not indulge human weaknesses and whims, will never rush to solve your problems for you. He knows better than anyone that he owes nothing to anyone, and that he has the right to be himself in any life situation, like all other people.
Psychologist's advice will solve my problem in one fell swoop. It should be remembered that psychologists do not give advice (unlike, for example, friends and neighbors, who usually start with the phrase "I would be in your place ..." Just keep in mind - this advice can easily be fulfilled only by the person who gives it ). Which way out is the best for you - only you know. The psychologist is only trying to help you find this way out, realize it and use it.