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Why talking about feelings doesn’t help everyone

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Why talking about feelings doesn’t help everyone

“Now pull yourself together and get started!” Hardly anyone dares to say these days. It could be helpful for a good mood. Image: Picture Alliance

Therapist Gitta Jacob calls for an end to the constant psychologizing. In the interview, she explains why therapy isn’t effective for everyone – and when it’s better to let bygones be bygones.

Ms. Jacob, you have a doctorate in psychology and an experienced psychotherapist. However, you now warn that psychotherapy is overrated. Why?

Julia Schaaf

Editor in the “Life” department of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

The importance attributed to psychotherapy in society has increased. For a long time this was a good thing because today it is no longer taboo to have mental health problems. But now I have the impression that we have crossed a line. Psychotherapy does not automatically help, not for everyone, and it can disappoint expectations. Please don’t think that you will be happy just because you go to a therapist and talk about your feelings!

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