We would be much better served if we were told by mental health professionals from the very beginning to trust ourselves. Instead, the entire system is fraught with the infantilization of the client…this is (in general) true of both psychology and psychiatry as currently practiced.
We absolutely need others, we are ultimately interdependent and all connected. Everything matters…but the wrong other is often far worse than no one at all when we are hurting or in need…re-traumatization often being the rule rather than the exception when one enters the mental health system.
When we learn to trust ourselves then we know when and if we should proceed with a helping relationship. This is what needs to be taught as soon as someone begins to seek help. Really it should be taught from the minute we’re born, but instead we generally are taught to stop listening to ourselves…
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