Why does people go to see a psychologist and not to talk to their friends?

Why does people go to see a psychologist and not to talk to their friends?

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    Why does people go to see a psychologist and not to talk to their friends?

    Why does people go to see a psychologist and not to talk to their friends? Do you do this, and why do you do this, but you do not talk to friends or peers of your own age in order to quantify yourself and your own experience?



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    Sometimes, only a psychologist can provide insight. They have a better understanding of people and their problems than the "Average Joe."

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    Probably because we actually have psychological problems that can't be fixed by some ice cream and chitchat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hziegel View Post
    Probably because we actually have psychological problems that can't be fixed by some ice cream and chitchat.
    Real talk.

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    Some people don't have any reliable friends.



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    I've talked to several of my close friends and my ex girlfriend about a lot of things that have happened to me as a kid. Not one of them gave me even 5% of the insight my psychologist did in the first visit. Friends are there for support, they don't have the answers for psychological trauma, panic attacks or depression. To be perfectly honest, most people are fucking retarded when it comes to trauma.
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    My friends don't understand me, and they don't really try to seem like they do. When I pay someone like a psychologist, they're both trained to understand these things, and even if they don't they're trained to look like they do, so it's easier to talk to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hziegel View Post
    Probably because we actually have psychological problems that can't be fixed by some ice cream and chitchat.
    This.

    And beyond that, it's not a friend's responsibility to listen to someone talk about their mental illness (and its consequences) every single day. A friend should never have to "play therapist" and should not be filling that role regardless. That adds an unhealthy aspect of dependence, stress and negativity into the relationship.

    There is a difference between calling your best friend and crying when your boyfriend breaks up with you, versus calling her saying you have suicidal thoughts or you've been feeling unspeakably depressed and don't know what to do. How the heck is she supposed to help you? Professionals exist for a reason.
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    I've never been close enough to anyone to ask them for help or talk to them about my problems. I always viewed the need for such things, as a personal weakness. An "I don't need anyone." mentality. With my therapist, however, I figure I pay them, so it's a service rendered. It's a way to trick myself into getting help, that I desperately need.

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    Psychologists are objective. They dont tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear.
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