Thoughts: About Feeling Trapped
A career in psychology or in the mental health field does not prevent you from feeling sad or trapped yourself. In reality, it makes mental health workers more vulnerable because usually, you meet people when they are at their worst. It is sometimes hard to remember what it is like to be around “normality”. What is normal anyway? But people have the perception that they could share life events and struggles with you, because, you know, you are a [insert mental health job title here].
But does that mean that individuals in the mental health field have the answer and solution to anything? Certainly not.
It is very easy to judge objectively when you are not involved emotionally. Just imagine this, it’s a Saturday morning, you had a good night sleep and a relaxed start to the day, and out of the blue your [insert important person’s relationship status here] calls you either crying or ranting about XY. 9 times out of 10 your initial reaction would be to listen thoroughly and then to give (sometimes useful) advice. Unless, your response is based on total solidarity — which happens sometimes, not going to lie. In a nutshell, this is what happens in therapy minus the direct personal input.
It’s easy to think that people in that field have somehow “their lives in order” because, you know, they know so much about how to fix the psychology of a person.
However, workers in the mental health field have real struggles, too. And just because they understand the field’s tools, it does not mean that they are protected from emotional pain. If anything, sometimes life’s stressors amplify and create a vacuum that none seems to understand.
And after all, it is good to remember that we are all trapped in our thoughts and we all sit in the same boat. We all struggle differently, yet we all struggle.
Just another thought..