• 24 Jul
    Reshma Venugopal

    Here’s why single parents deserve a standing ovation!


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    When Bianca found herself left alone with her twins, one of whom has Asperger’s disease, she found herself helplessHer twins are 8 years-old now, and she went back to work just 18 months after the boys were born. She was then fired from her work 2 years later, because of all the pressure of taking care of herself and her babies. After this, she struggled to find full-time employment and along with her minimal earnings, she could not help but find herself and her boys in poverty. To improve her long term earning, she decided to start studying law, however, that also became an expensive and rather unmanageable thing to pursue. During this time, she made sure her sons were not facing any psychological issues, however, and quite unfortunately, they did go through them (10 stories of single mothers, 2017).

    But the fact that a single mother (or father) do everything in their hands to ensure that their children remain healthy needs to be recognised. It’s their thoughts that make that type of relationship so beautiful, and here are some more reasons why every single parent deserves more appreciation.

    1) Stress and emotional difficulties

    I think it is safe to say that no matter who you are, if you are expected to do a two-person job by yourself, then you will make a face. Well, at least I do and should I be worried about that? Okay, we shall make this a topic of discussion some other day.
    However, going back to the main point, single parents probably face more amount of stress and emotional difficulties than those with parents who have their partners support. Especially those single parent families that are trapped in the poverty cycle. Economic stress and poor mental health among single parents especially single mothers has been significantly correlated in many studies (McLoyd et al., 1994). So, when you think about it, they have so much on their plate, and the fascinating part is that no matter how much stress their financial situation and the society gives them, they only have one motive and goal in life, and that is to keep their kids happy.

    2) Their daily struggles

    In this case, I would like to divide this point into a few sub-categories:

    • Dealing with the society: Once again, our dear society, our so-called culture, and norms dictate how one should live their life and what “should” make them happy. Single parents not only have to deal with the demanding world and people looking down on them, but they also must deal with how all that affects their children.
    • Meeting the demands of more than one child when they are of different sexes becomes even more taxing. Their needs are obviously different and hence it becomes more difficult for them to meet those demands.
    • Giving their children the love and affection they require. And maybe this is the toughest part. Because they are expected to be two parents, and make up for all that time they spend working, on catching up with the kids. Granted, that not all parents might be as patient and be giving as some, but studies have shown that single parents always do their best to care for their children.

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     3) They rise above all the difficult patches
    This is hands down my favorite point. Studies have shown that no matter how difficult the situation gets, no matter how much stress and depression the parents go through, they eventually face reality and adjust themselves to the situation. Many of us from the younger generation often decide to simply give up when a difficulty arises just because we don’t get what we want. But hey, please learn from these people. Not everything revolves around you and if you failed in your exams or your parents didn’t let you go for a trip with your friends, then believe me it is not the end of the world. There are people out there who go through triple of what you do, and maybe your reasons make sense to you, but I think it is important we all learn from these single parents too.

    What is more astonishing is that even the children of these single parents are so tough and adjustable. Yes, more than the ones with two parents. The lack of having one parent is most of the time not seen as a loss or discouragement but rather, seen as a symbol of strength. These are the same children who become independent and mature faster than the rest of the population. And I personally think, along with single parents, their children also deserve a round of applause.

    4) They will complain the least

    Between the battle of meeting ends, paying bills, getting their children a good education, and ignoring the intrusive and obnoxious aunties and neighbors who judge them, they only want to get through these problems by themselves. And I think that builds character and strength in the person. They will hardly want their children to know what they go through and through all of this, they will still try to maintain a positive outlook around their children and keep them happy no matter how hard it is.

    There it is, all the reasons we need to respect and salute our single parents. We, as a society need to learn that no matter what the situation is that caused them to be alone, helping them out and not judging them should be one of the cultural rules that we should follow. So what if the lady/man in the next apartment is a divorcee? Or she/he had a child before marriage? The last thing she/he wants right now is your judgmental and unnecessary opinion. Like nobody asked you, and if you can’t accept him or her for who they are and what they have on their plates, then please stay out of their way and watch them rise above and fight it all, alone, with their children by their side.

    Responses 1

    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Aug 09, 2017 10:01 PM

      Well written piece. Yeah, single parents have their own priorities and how they handle their jobs, houses and their children together is worth appreciating and at times they might get support or they might not. I was not aware of the discrimination faced by them. They are living their lives in the way because of certain circumstances and people bringing that thing up are indirectly making fun of their situation. We should learn from such parents to keep doing our duties well without worrying about what others think of us. Also not complaining about their life they lead. They do it because they have no other choice and ensuring a good life for their children. Life iis beautiful and we are lucky enough to be living it. It is going to be tough but having that resilience to be able to cope with whatever life turns on us. It is important. In this way, I reckon that single parents make us learn how to live life.

  • 23 Jul
    Heena Sheth

    Mental Illness Is Not A One Man's Struggle


    "Mentally ill people are dangerous." "Mentally ill people are absolutely crazy and psychotic, STAY AWAY!", "Mentally ill should be locked away." "Mentally ill people are always dependent on someone." We have often heard such statements or ones similar to these in movies, television shows, or books. The mass media is not to be blamed, for it mirrors the opinions and beliefs of the society. Many people feel that mental illness is like gold dust, it can only happen to very few people and it will never affect them. This belief has been proven to be inaccurate by various studies conducted on mental health. The World Health Organization reports that today, about 450 million people suffer from a mental or behavioural disorder.

    The life of a person with mental illness is not just limited to psychological pain. Mental illness and medical illness are interrelated. For example, Somatoform disorders are those mental illnesses which are accompanied by physical pain, numbness and certain other physical symptoms of discomfort in the absence of any evidence of real physical ailment. Apart from this people find that their mental illnesses increase their susceptibility of developing poor physical health, it impacts their cognitive functioning of the body and decreases energy levels. Consequently, there are emotional problems that crop up, such inability to regulate emotions, heightened anger and frustration and low self-esteem.

    The society as a whole is affected by mental health problems; it is not limited to the people facing them. As Aristotle said that man is a social animal, he is compelled to live in the society for the fulfillment of his biological and psychological needs. The needs of psychological safety, social recognition, love, and self- actualization are accomplished in the course of living in society, and he depends on the other members of society for this. Thus, something that would bother one man will also bother the other men who are associated with and related to him/her. Persons who suffer from mental illness are often the last ones to realise that there is something which is not right and something which is definitely wrong. The sad reality is that a person suffering from mental illness is not everyone’s problem. Not only is this person a danger to himself or herself, but is often a danger to society at large. There is not only an uncomfortable silence that surrounds diseases of the mind of the ones but also the ones who suffer with them. The mental illness of individual pain his/her family, teachers, friends, and people at his/her work place.



    For persons with mental disorders, it is the family and the family members who play the role of primary caregivers. Hence, awareness about mental health among the family members becomes extremely crucial. Parents are the ones who seek help for their child regardless of their age. The anguish of having a child with mental illness is unthinkable. One can only imagine what they go through when they see other kids moving from their life as a student, to an earning member of a family and looking after them, while their own child barely does one-tenth of it. The person suffering from mental illness often feels that he or she is being misunderstood by the family members; but this misunderstanding is, however, mutual. The sufferer fails to realise that they too are unable to understand their family member. This makes relations bitter leading to strings of discord and disharmony being woven among the family members, often resulting in the loss of meaning of relations and consequently isolation.

    The impact of mental illness is often so everlasting, that certain family members become pessimistic about the future. The presence of stigmas regarding mental illness is so deeply ingrained in society that family members gradually start avoiding interactions with the other members of society. In certain communities family members deny accepting that a member is plagued by such a condition, adding to the plight of the sufferer. All in all, it leads to withdrawing from activities of the congregation, cultural group or community activities. For many people, dealing with a mentally ill patient is traumatic and back-breaking.

    Families start developing anger, frustration and a lot of negativity is generated by the family members. This stems from the routine and the family life becoming unpredictable. It is a draining experience as the working members of the family have to fulfill the demands with the mentally ill as well as with the usual problems of everyday life. They feel trapped and discouraged when they meet failure after trying different approaches to cure their dear one. Since illness impairs the individual’s ability to perform and function properly, the grief inflicted upon the family members difficult to overcome with. A life altering illness substantially diminishes the potentials, talents, and skills of a person and families struggle to come to terms with a less promising future.




    education and awareness about mental health 

    Teachers and educators are the next group of people but are usually the first ones to notice mental health problems among the children. Teaching such children can prove to be the best job in the world only if the teacher has the flair to teach and the courage to accept that it is not the same like other teaching jobs. They have to the mammoth task of providing the child with the basic education of his or her intellectual level while handling all the difficulties that the students face and build a relationship of trust.

    Such students have a shorter concentration span in comparison to the ones who do not face any mental illness. Hence, the tasks that are given to them and the lessons taught to them have to be tailor-made according to their abilities. Mental illness impairs a student's ability to learn. Adolescents whose mental illness is not treated rapidly and aggressively tend to fall further and further behind in school. The teachers are only allowed to empathise with these students and not sympathise with them, for the latter leads to transference. They have to bear the stress on themselves for making these students work without inflicting upon them the actual burden of the task.

    Students with mental illness face emotional, behavioural and adjustment problems. They often express their frustration and built in anger by throwing things or by harming their classmates or even themselves. The teacher must know what action to take to handle the situation. The teacher must know where physical intervention is necessary and where it is not. They have to be caring and empathetic. The student may love and hate the teacher, but the teacher must not forget that he/she is a teacher first.



    mental illness and work

    Mental illness also affects the individual’s work atmosphere. Due to the mental illness, the individual does not perform to his maximum level of productivity. He is unable to meet the expectations of the seniors and due to his sensitive condition, his seniors are at a loss, for they are stuck between behaving in a professional manner at the same time they have to avoid reacting in any way that will cause more stress to the individual. Prior to the diagnosis of an individual’s mental illness he used to lead from the front, he used to motivate his subordinates, make them optimally productive and guide them. However, now he is unable to inspire and influence them. The subordinates need to work more and be sympathetic towards their team leader. The team members now rely on themselves for their own motivation and deal with the leader’s mood swings and other effects of the mental illness. Further, the firm cannot fire him on humanitarian grounds.



    A friendship forms one of the foundations of our ability to cope with the problems that life throws at us. Relationships become challenging when a friend has a mental illness. We may talk to friends in confidence about things we wouldn't discuss with our families. Due to the stigma attached to mental illness in the society, people who face it often shut themselves from the rest of the world and have only the slightest interactions with other people, for they fear being judged and unaccepted in the society. Friendships seem to fade away as the friends who understand this pain are extremely few. Often while supporting a friend through their mental illness, the individual experiences a burn out. It gets difficult to balance the friendship.

    Thus we see that mental illness is not a one man’s struggle. We, as members of the society, are also affected by it. Hence, as much as it is important for the mentally ill to seek professional help, it is also crucial for the other people related to them to be aware of their boundaries and help them without putting their own health in danger. 

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    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Aug 10, 2017 09:31 PM

      A good piece of information. The problems faced by a mentally ill person is very much considered these days but earlier on, they were secluded from the rest of the society which is all the more painful in psychological terms. Also how the family members secluded themselves from gatherings is something to be looked upon. They have not chosen the illness by their own, it was their genetic makeup and the environment which caused this. It is due to neglect of such issues due to which Psychology is an underrated field of study, especially in India.

      All the points you wrote had one thing in common. It is that how difficult it is to deal with such people. It really requires the skill of being patient and providing extra help to the affected individual. In such cases, it may also happen that along with the mentally affected person but also their family or any other individual who is closely associated with the individual may also need counselling. The mentally ill require care and respect to be able to get along with things.


  • 22 Jul
    Manaswini Venkateswaran

    Can Extroverts become Introverts?

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    Whenever we think of these two categories of people, introverts
    , and extroverts, we tend to assume that they are polar opposites. We think that introverts are introverts, extroverts are extroverts and that there’s no room for any kind of overlap. However, just like any other personality trait, introversion and extroversion lie on a spectrum. There are no airtight compartments that prevent the two dimensions from interacting.

    For example, a person may be reserved and spend a lot of time alone (a tendency of an introvert) but may be able to assert themselves when they need to and assume a leadership position (a tendency shown by extroverts). These differences would not exist if introversion and extroversion were as separate as we believe.

    In fact, a vast majority of us lie in between the two dimensions. A very small portion of the population shows predominantly introverted or predominantly extroverted behavior. These are extremes. Most of us show some behaviors from both sides.

    Here are some of the key differences between the two personality types that we should keep in mind:




    They have low arousal, which means that they need highly stimulating situations in order to feel energized. They prefer situations where there is a lot of interaction with others.

    They have high arousal, which means they don’t need highly stimulating situations to feel energized. In fact, these situations tire them out. They prefer situations with little to no interaction with others or engage in solitary activities.

    They tend to be spontaneous and don’t think much before making decisions.

    They are anything but impulsive and think a lot before doing anything.

    They have large social circles and have no trouble opening up to anyone.

    They tend to have a few close friends and don’t open up to people outside their inner circle.

    They easily accept change and are open to it.

    They tend to resist change.

    They tend to be talkative.                                                

    They tend to be listeners.

             They are more distractible.

    They can focus for long periods of time.

    Now that we know all about introverts and extroverts, another question that arises in our minds is whether we’re stuck with either of these two traits. Well, yes and no. There are certain age-related changes that occur as we go through life but they may not be particularly drastic. So if you are naturally more of an extrovert, the need you’ll feel to be alone as you grow older won’t be so drastic. It’s not like you’re going to go from being a social butterfly to a hermit in a day’s time. The level of change is relative for each person, it’s just the pattern and sequence that the changes follow which is common to most.

    Generally, it is seen that extroversion decreases with age. As we get older, our social needs seem to decrease. We all experience social pressures from time to time but it is generally seen that the need to abide by the unsaid “rules” is greater when we are younger and tends to reduce to the bare minimum as we get older and settle into adulthood.

    There is a reason why “peer pressure” seems to be a buzzword while interacting with adolescents and this is it. Teenagers are particularly high on the need to be liked and are susceptible to social pressure and being forced into doing things that they don’t want to do. As for children, they’re usually too young to know what they really want so they mainly emulate adults and succumb to authority in order to avoid punishments (if you’ve ever been dragged to weddings and family functions and couldn’t refuse due to the sole reason that you were too young, you’ll know what I mean).

    Young adults may not be as keen on being liked and accepted but may show extroversion for different reasons. They may want to further their career through networking or get into their supervisor’s good books by appearing approachable, confident and willing to take charge. Hence, competition can be another reason for extroversion going up – you may not want to go to a boring office party but you’ll probably put on a suit or a dress and go for the sake of exposure or to butter up your superiors.

    However, once you’re old and on the last leg of your life journey, there’s a marked change in your social needs. The awareness that you could kick the bucket any day now makes you less inclined to spend the limited time you have putting yourself through unpleasant situations or performing tasks that you don’t want to.

    This tendency is called socio-emotional selectivity theory, where you get picky about the people you want to interact with and the things you want to do. You might have seen your grandmother refuse to cut down on sugar and fried foods despite having health problems or your grandfather grumbling when people come over unannounced. Don’t worry, they’re not perpetually angry or defiant, they’ve just had it with people-pleasing and don’t want to waste any more of their limited time by doing things they don’t like.

    Another reason for this change is the fact that the focus of their activities changes from the future to the present. Younger people are more focused on achieving certain goals down the line and are hence, future-oriented. Older people are more present-oriented – they have usually achieved everything they needed to in life and don’t want to chase any more things. Hence, they focus on enhancing and improving their present lives.

    This needn’t always be an unpleasant or inconvenient change, though. Even though they may avoid a lot of social interactions, they value the close relationships that they already have, such as those with close friends and immediate family. They work harder on the relationships that matter and which they feel will enhance their lives and drop the ones that don’t do anything for them. This is one of the reasons why couples report increased closeness and marriage satisfaction in their old age as compared to middle age or young adulthood. Older couples focus on relationships that are rewarding.

    So yes, there’s a definite chance that you might get more introverted as you grow older. That being said, we should keep in mind that certain core traits of ours will survive these changes and still direct most of our behaviors (even though they may manifest in more balanced, less extreme ways). 

    Responses 1

    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Aug 02, 2017 10:38 PM

      One can say that the stages of introversion and extroversion is related to the age group of an individual and the current scenario of their life. You are right in saying that there are extreme sides of both the things but those who adapt according to the situation of an individual. I could relate to this as even I think that I have the traits of intraversion and extroversion. Experiences teach us a lot about what is important and what is not and this is what happens during the change of our dispositions.

  • 21 Jul
    Ayushi Jolly

    Selfitis - The selfie disorder



    With the advancement of technology comes both the advantages and the harm. The technology has given us a lot of life hacks, but the harmful addictions seem to overpower the positive influence of technology on us. The last two decades have witnessed an increase in addiction to social media and its by-products. Smartphones seem to have intruded our lives in a manner that has led us to forget our real selves. The story does not end here, what follows is that the smartphones with the best features and the high definition camera have led to a rise in the number of selfies that we take. It is not that we did not take photographs earlier, but back then, we took pictures to preserve a meaningful moment. Unfortunately, now it is only a means of posting everything at the instant. We indulge in selfies to upload them on social media and keep others updated about ‘how happening our life is’. A selfie is self-portrait photograph typically taken by a digital camera or a selfie camera of a smartphone with a selfie stick or otherwise.
    It is high time for us to realize that times have changed and people do not always feel good about someone's success, rather, they feel envious. It would have been a little relieving if the story had ended with posting the selfie but, the sad part is how social media keeps us all hooked just to seek validation from other participants in the same game. This shows how the world is moving from independence to a constant state of seeking social attention. All this has led to a complex state of affairs and thereby addiction which can be termed as the selfie disorder.

    The American Psychiatric Association has officially confirmed that ‘taking selfies’ is a mental disorder, which will formally be known as ‘Selfitis'. It is defined as,

    an obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of oneself and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.

    The American Psychiatric Association has further defined the disorder at three levels-

    1. Borderline Selfitis-

    Taking photos of oneself at least three times a day but not posting them on social media.

    1. Acute Selfitis-

    Taking photos of oneself at least three times a day and posting each one of them on social media.

    1. Chronic Selfitis-

    An uncontrollable urge to take photos of oneself round the clock and posting them on social media for more than six times a day.

     The American Psychiatric Association has stated that there is no medication for the disorder. However, a lot of temporary alternatives are available. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a talking therapy that helps us solve our problems by changing the way we think and behave, can be used as a measure if an individual is at the initial stage of selfitis.

    We all have heard of instances where the obsession to click selfies has taken lives, both in the eastern and the western world. Disturbing news regarding the same appear in the newspapers almost every week, and more frequently during vacations. People reaching at the peak of the mountains or walking towards the river bed or sitting on the edge of a cliff for that perfect post for their Facebook and Instagram profiles has led me to believe that people have started caring less for their lives and more for the 'likes'.

    Psychiatrists say that depression, obsession, loneliness and a lack of self-esteem can be the contributory causes to the obsessive disorder.The experts are not against selfie culture but the statistics make everybody worry about the increasing craze for a perfect shot and the extents to which they are ready to go for it. Selfitis can no more be categorized as a first world problem since third world countries can also observe its effects. Taking selfies at historical places has been banned in India, but the implementation is hard to find.

    Due to an early discovery of the selfitis disorder, there is fortunately a cure to it.

    In the late 2015, scientists at Stanford University concluded with the strong scientific support that the disorder cannot be treated by medicines or psychotherapy but by CBT. The researchers, after studying hundreds of patients who were suffering from selfitis, declared that the newly discovered mental disorder can be cured by a simple method of 'groupfie'(a group photo taken like a selfie). According to them, by participating in groupfies, individuals suffering from selfie disorder, can recover quickly from inflammation of their personal ego which is the hidden cause of the disorder.


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    The next time you find yourself posting too many selfies on social media, at a personal level you should not ignore this habit and try working on it. You must engage in real life activities and visit places without the camera. Altogether, if you feel, the habit of taking selfies is disrupting your everyday functioning, do not hesitate in visiting a mental health expert to prevent further damage.

    To live the moment is better than to show it off!

    Responses 1

    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Aug 19, 2017 08:31 AM
      Thanks for sharing this information. You are very right in saying that in this age of social media, everyone is trying to seek attention and validation amongst their friends on social media and getting good amount of likes on them. I loved the point of living a moment not to enjoy it but to click and post it. This has led to various accidents in India as well. In a few months or so, such kind of news made headlines wherein people lost their lives because of taking selfies. I don't like taking a camera or a phone along with me as it acts as a barrier between enjoying the moment and taking it's picture so as to brag about it in social media. Moderate or less usage of things is okay but excessive usage and it's addiction, only creates more harm than good.
  • 21 Jul
    Reshma Venugopal

    Media's false portrayal of mental illness - 6 common myths busted!

    psychology meme

    The above meme does not seem to lie as far as its expressions are concerned. It is a common battle most psychology students and experts go through on a daily basis. Numerous attempts of people from the field try to break the myths and annoying stereotypes about mental health and psychotherapy, all because of our dear friend, Le media.

    Remember that one episode of Two and A Half Men when Charlie Sheen went for therapy? The therapist seemed so unprofessional. Due to such portrayal of a therapist, those who have never seen a therapist before in their life, are bound to believe what they see. But that’s just not how it is.

    It has been noted by various experts that amidst whatever little the news illustrates about any mental illness is shown in a negative and shady light. When news reports of suicides, violent shooting by children or teenagers, and much other news are depicted, they only show the outcome and not the real cause or the factors that aggravated the issue. In the light of this issue, here are some myths about how the media portrays psychologists, counsellors, and therapists, in a rather unrealistic way.

    Myth #1: Psychologists can read minds.

     I think the only person who can remotely know what you are thinking might be your mother or best friend, or anyone with whom you can connect on a mental level (thanks for having my back mom!). Jokes apart, if you have any friends who study psychology or are pursuing a career in psychology, please don’t ask them that. Their job is not to know what you are thinking, but to try and understand the paths of your thinking, the reason why you think in a certain way, and how you can modify your thinking for better mental health.

    Myth #2: Every psychologist/psychiatrist can hypnotise you.

    Although it would be really cool to learn hypnosis along with our work, it is not something every psychologist is meant to know. To quote "Hypnosis and Mental Health," WebMD, 2017,

    Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance.”

     Many of us don’t believe in hypnosis, mostly because we are not completely aware of the process, and that is why a lot of criticism has been made by clinical psychologists and psychiatrists about hypnosis. No psychologist/psychiatrist can attempt hypnosis without training whatsoever.

    Myth #3: Those who consult therapists are crazy.  

    If that were true, then the world would have been a more chaotic place. Many marriages would have ended over a small quarrel, childhood abuse would be a myth, depression, and self-harm and all of that would be an everyday thing. But the truth, folks, is that mental health is as important as your physical health. Mental health disorders or illnesses, in fact, are far more difficult to identify. For all, you know the funniest guy in your class might be the depressed person at home. So really, let's stop assuming that psychotherapy is only for crazy people.

    Myth #4:Your friends and family can do the same job as a therapist.

    While we all find ourselves more comfortable with friends and family members, and I am guilty of using my friends to calm me down at times too, but is that always the first choice for everyone? There are some or many things that one can’t just openly discuss with their loved ones because of the judgment and biases that they might have to offer. Also, let's admit this, we all tend to take the side of our friends at times, even when they are wrong. With a therapist, however, you will get more honest, non-judgemental and unbiased advice. Along with that, they can train you to get a hold of yourself in a better manner and help you get a positive outlook.

    Myth #5: Therapy is paying someone to listen to you rant.

    In that case, why isn’t half the population of the world therapists? Sounds like a super easy job to just listen to people rant and get paid for it. In reality, however, psychotherapists and counsellors use complex methods to improve one’s mental health. Only a psychologist or therapist knows how difficult it is to work with people who are asked to change their attitude and their way of thinking. It is not as easy as it looks, so you need to stop believing TV shows.

    Myth #6: All your mental health issues are all rooted in your childhood.

     While there is a little truth in that depiction, it isn’t always the same for everyone. Almost in every show or movie that shows a scene of therapy, the protagonist lays down on the couch and suddenly goes way back into their childhood. There are equal chances of people being affected by more recent events of stress or trauma. You can have a great childhood and still have mental health disorders when you are older.

    These were the 6 most common myths about psychotherapy that we have seemed to form all due to the media. While there are shows and movies with an accurate description of what goes on in psychotherapy and counselling, unfortunately, a majority of the ones that people watch don’t really show the entire truth.
    Follow the wise saying: 'Don't believe everything that you see.'

    Responses 2

    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Aug 02, 2017 10:51 PM

      These misconceptions are so true that one must have encountered one or two false portrayals or maybe even all. Psychology is a study of what we do and think and it is pathetic to see the sorry state of the subject. There are stigmas attached to this field like in the case of mental disorders where there is a belief of spirits inside a person and all that. This needs to be changed. People need to be sensitised about psychology and it's importance towards improving mental health. This will also help to make this world a better place to live, but all this has a long way to go.

    • Radhika Goel
      Radhika Goel   Jul 25, 2017 03:14 PM

      Hii! Thank you so much for writing this article. The skeptical eyes I see when a person hears that I am studying psychology really bothers me. The first myth that psychologists can read minds is very prevalent in even middle-class families and plays a major role in discrediting the science of psychiatry. It adds to the stigma of superficial science and prevents people from approaching a psychologist or show respect to those who study it.  

      Today, there are some movies who have tried to show psychological problems in the right light but they end up showing one of the above-mentioned myths or the other. For example, Dear Zindagi, it represents the questions people raise when a family member approaches a psychologist, it shows how a psychologist may approach a patient, it represents how a patient may transfer positive feelings onto the psychologist but it also shows that all the characters problems were associated with only one incident of isolation from her childhood. Thus, Dear Zindagi, in my opinion, was a step forward for Indian cinema but still needs to go a long way. Today, there are a number of foreign shows like Suits, The Mentalist and Monk who represent psychological disorders and the work of a therapist as it actually is and not according to the circulating myths.

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