“It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.” Rose MacAulay

A little while ago someone said to me “Psychology doesn’t work.” I felt a bit defensive about this, since I am studying psychology (with Psychosynthesis and Ecopsychology) and find it a valuable and useful tool in my work. But it soon occurred to me that they were right! Psychology doesn’t work at all. It’s just a bunch of theories and methods for knowing and working with the human mind. Just tools.

People work, not psychology. People make psychology work.

If you are not willing to look within yourself and understand yourself using psychology then of course it doesn’t work! People go to therapy or counselling hoping that some “magic wand” (or pill) will help them get better, that somehow you just turn up and They; the therapists, psychiatrists and counsellors will do something. They don’t. They can only share their understanding and help facillitate your inner work. Maybe they can help start the process of inner healing with their knowledge and understanding but it’s not them that will have to follow through and accomplish the work (though sometimes these psychological facillitators may not always be competent, as I’ve found out, further undermining the value of psychology). Will power is a very important part of the process; the willingness to look at yourself and do the necessary work.

It’s a common delusion that someone else can work on your own psychological processes. That’s the delusion. There’s no one else in that mind except you and yourself. You will have to face Yourself someday, in the end. Know thyself (and what a journey that’s been, and will continue to be!).

To reflect on the quote above; of course talking doesn’t make “things” better. It’s not “things” that understand words but people. People understand words, they understand their significance, and words can help affect changes within. To give one example they can work like a release valve, releasing some of the pressure within (“A problem shared is a problem halved,” as they say).

And sometimes you don’t even need another person to hear them, sometimes it’s just worthwhile to put your inner thoughts and feelings into words that can help clarify and reflect on what’s going on (for years I’ve found this release mostly through poetry. In fact any art will do). But communication of inner thoughts and feelings also stops people from becoming isolated within themselves, proper communication, not just talking for the sake of talking. Talking for the sake of creating understanding.

Psychology doesn’t work, people do.

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“It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.” Rose Macaulay

I bought a book of quotes from various British celebrities, thinking maybe it’ll be amusing, and I can get a bit of insight and inspiration from my fellow Brits. Yes it has been but there are some quotes that I think “fuck you very much. If that’s British then I’m not,” like the quote above.

The truth, or even Truth, cannot be left unexpressed, to fester in the soul of a human. Some problems cannot be psychologically digested alone, they need other people to add different dimensions and solutions that one solitary soul cannot come up with on its own. And if a soul cannot connect with a soul by communicating and expressing itself, then it’s lost an essential quality that makes it a soul. It can become introverted and cut off from the opportunities in the world around it. It can waste away.
I’m in despair; I need another quote, one that speaks sense and Truth…
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr
Aaah, yes, much better. 🙂
Jolly good show that man. Just what one needs after seeing something that’s just not cricket, what what! (British? Well, just a tad lol)