My blog friend Grace Chan, wrote a heartfelt post about Leslie Cheung. Please give it a read HERE.
When I first wanted to become a Psychologist, many remarked that Psychology doesn’t pay, it’s worthless. If only they realize money is not everything in life. Those like Grace and Ow encourage me to make a difference in the lives of others. How can we only think of ourselves, when our fellow human beings are badly in need of help?
I sat for my Counseling Techniques exam paper this afternoon. Honest with you, I studied for this exam in the last minute. Sigmund Freud himself suffered from psychosomatic disorders, so not surprisingly, this father of psychoanalysis and pioneer in Psychology sought to study the repressed unconscious. Future therapies invented by his successors, such as Carl Rogers, focused more on the present, future and reality. With Gestalt Therapy and Analytical Psychology in the exception, most modern-day therapies are built on the cognitive behavioral model. Indirectly, they tell you how life should be, forcing you to adopt the ideal.
From Grace’s sharing, we understand that people with mental illness might never “snap out of it”. They are trapped. I know this because my childhood friend whose parents divorced when she was only a tiny girl, is stricken with Depression and Avoidant P.D. She used to call me up to outpour her fears and sadness. But as naive as I was, I tried to brainwash her about what is right and wrong. I regret so much. If only I knew more about Psychology then, I would not have acted self-righteous. Naturally, reading this made me very sad. Now my childhood friend is studying in Australia. I hope to get in touch with her soon. Depression might not go away for years even with therapy. It may even be fatal.
I miss my friend so much.