The Power of Traditional Psychotherapy (and Psychiatry) in Personal Development -- [Main] Posted December 31, 2019 1 hour ago, Commodent said: Other people familiar with the field, both people I know studying psychology and people in the profession. LOTS of weird people apparently. It makes sense really. People who grew up in a dysfunctional family dynamic where they were their caregivers therapist (which is quite common), as well as people who just want to fix their own problems. Both of them applied to me, and I was tempted to do the same. doesn't mean people's past un wellness and trauma carries over into their practice. everyone has their own issues. I don't see how you think any one field of study is immune to this or more concentrated in this one. if anything people's breadth of experience in healing themselves aids them in helping others. I have never heard anyone make this claim before that this field attracts unwell people and insinuating that because of this much therapy being given is flawed or not helpful. if anything I've heard people complain about their therapists not having any sort of real life experiences or problems/obstacles they have overcome and coming off naive. 1 hour ago, Commodent said: You're still shoving it under the rug, if only temporarily. That's why I said I hoped she had made him aware of it, so that he doesn't falsely believe it is a permanent solution. This is untrue. You're not shoving anything under the rug by taking medication. It's how you're holistically integrating the medication into your healing process. It isn't about the medicines themselves but how they are used. Stuff comes up while one is seeing a therapist and pharmaceuticals can help allow for this to occur without the person become re traumatized or having their nervous system in a constant state of fear among other things. Just popping a pill and ignoring your problems is a way many shove their problems under a rug and it occurs because the mental health systems just aren't as developed as they could be with an abundance of therapy out there for helping people figure out what they're carrying around. Some of it also comes down to personal responsibility. It takes courage to look under the rug and that is what therapy addresses. How many people have shoved their issues under the rug and tried to transcend them by taking up a spiritual/meditative/yoga practice or doing a bunch of psychedelics? Seen this apply proportionately in this domain as well. it comes down to how each individual uses the resources they been given, not the resources themselves.