Monday, March 3, 2008
Study Finds That Talking About Going To Therapy Not As Effective As Going To Therapy.
People who talk about going to therapy are not as well off as people who actually go to therapy, a recent multi-university study reported on Tuesday. The report, based on five years of researching misaligned 20 to 30 year olds in 12 different states, is the first to indicate that just expressing interest in therapy may not be enough to solve minor emotional problems.
Dr. Gertrude Murphy, the lead researcher of the study, says that "young women and men will sit around and complain about their boyfriends or girlfriends treating them badly or their bosses not giving them responsibility, often concluding the conversation with 'Yeah, I know. I really should talk to a therapist. I don't know why I'm putting up with this crap.' Our research reveals that expressing that sentiment is simply not as effective as the act of going to see a therapist."
The findings came as a shock to many of the subjects who thought that they were improving each time they voiced the desire to see a therapist. "It's just hard for me to believe that I'm not getting any better," says Tricia, 28, "Seriously, every time the guy I'm dating starts irrationally yelling at me, I come home and call my best friend who insists that I'm smarter, prettier and funnier than him anyway, and tells me to go see a therapist. I really thought I was getting somewhere. Once, after he called me an 'idiot' I didn't return his call for three hours. It's disappointing to realize I really haven't been making any progress."
Posted by Lauren Bans