In the article, “The Necessary and Sufficient Conditions of Therapeutic Personality Change” by Rogers, talks about the conditions that are key factors when a therapist talks to client in order to have a healthy personality change. The article begins by including the six factors between the relationships of the therapist and the client. First of the six conditions is that, “two of the people are in psychological contact” (Rogers, 1992) which means that the therapist and the clients are involved and speaking in a mental and emotional state by meeting, communicating and are in a professional relationship.
One of the things I talk about in my new book Managing the Depression Puzzle is the idea of differentiating between illness treatment strategies and wellness promotion strategies. I think it’s a distinction that applies to mental illness in general. So what’s the difference?
Through popular media today there are many ideas of what psychiatric hospitals are like. From dimly lit and dirty hallways lined with people in straight jackets and screaming that they want to kill you, to unwilling people being strapped down to beds and having injections forced upon them. Hollywood loves to portray psych hospitals as scary places where people get tortured or forced into things they don't want. But is that really what it's like? The short answer is no, that's not what it's like at all.
Today, I went to my first NA meeting, Narcotics Anonymous. I have been to a redemption like this before. Therefore, I am saying that this isn’t my first adventure. Intuitively speaking, I should have never let go of this trip in the first place!