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Is relying on counseling a sign if weakness?

Asked by Brew805 (150points) April 17th, 2008 from iPhone

If someone really believes that the only way to solve their problems is by seeing a counselor instead of trying to fix them and figure them out on your own?

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amandaafoote's avatar

To some people it may be, then you get the whole “they’re strong because they can admit they have a problem & need someone to help them” so it really depends on the persons point of view…

wildflower's avatar

Admitting you need help and asking for it is a sign of self-awareness and strength.

delirium's avatar

Its absolutely not a sign of weakness.
Its more weak (and showing need of counseling) to think its weak to get counseling. (How many times more can I use those words?)

nikipedia's avatar

I’m really envious of people whose lives have been so easy that they’ve never needed to rely on a counselor for help. Must be nice.

For the rest of us, though: getting treatment for an illness is never weak.

Brew805's avatar

thanks for all the answers! I was looking for different points of view and I’m glad you guys responded. I guess the question was a little too broad when it came to the degree of counseling… Such as life trauma or smaller issues. Sorry about that

amandaafoote's avatar

@nikipedia- Their lives possibly aren’t so easy they don’t need a counselor, they might just rely on themselves more and get through it on their own or with their family/friends serving as what your counselor is to you

Brew805's avatar

@amanda- that’s what the other side of my question was, thank you for bringing that up

gailcalled's avatar

Repeating myself, if you had a broken limb, you’d have it set; if you had diabetes, you’d take an insulin shot. If you are feeling depressed, what is wrong with seeking some help.

And therapists do serve a different role than family, partners, and close friends. Therapists are trained to help you solve your problems or make your peace w. life traumas.

nikipedia's avatar

My point is that if you think other people are just being weak, you should try walking a few miles in their shoes. You have no idea what they’ve been through or what’s going on physically inside their brains.

Babo's avatar

I look at it this way, why not get an expert? Sure, I could try to rewire my house by myself, but wouldn’t it be better to have an electrician do it? Same with counseling! I could try to fix myself but why not enlist the the aid of someone who knows how to do it better than I do? Plus, there’s the time element. It could take me a year to rewire my house or several years to fix myself, but with the help of a knowledgable expert, I could have electricity in a day or two and be enjoying a better life in a lot less time. Counseling isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of knowing what tools you need to get the job done right and doing it!

judochop's avatar

I was going to write an answer but you hit the nail on the head.

boots74's avatar

asking for help is a sign of humbleness———

Proverbs 11:2 Pride leads to disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
I Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

boffin's avatar

Is relying on counseling a sign if weakness?

loser's avatar

@boots74 lose the bible quotes and just answer the dang question!

susanc's avatar

@loser: if you read boots74’s answer with a little care, you’ll see perfect relevance. Don’t
go off on boots as soon as you see Bible quotations.

@brew: why is it strong to be ignorant? I am smiling. I think you have this figured out.

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