How do you find your therapist and why is that bond so important?

When we discuss starting therapy and the importance of having regular check-ins with a professional, what is often overlooked is who you are having these heart-to-hearts with and your bond with them. 

There is such easy access to a vast pool of therapists, online they are vetted and checked by many professional bodies and directories. So how do you narrow down the therapist for you? You have to find that connection. In a similar way, you aim to find that spark in a partner, so too do you find that bond in your therapist, you are looking for someone you are willing to divulge your deepest feelings to.

So why is this connection so important to find, and how do you find it?

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Have you ever accidentally joined a cult? Here’s how to know.

As we continue to find our place in the world, seek out meaning, and ultimately find happiness for ourselves, it can be easy for a lot of people to be drawn into a group, a person, or an experience that seemingly offers all of this in one go. This is where cults can lure you into a false sense of safety and clarity.

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One thing that has been a constant in our society is being able to seek out these things, and unfortunately, this can be taken advantage of for gain, including money, power, and fame.

Cults have a very enticing nature. Even though the term ‘cult’ has an infamous reputation and we all well know that the risks outweigh the benefits, there are a surprising amount of offerings out there that do possess elements of a cult.

There are many reasons why people can be lured into their beliefs and even if you may think that you could never, ever in your wildest dreams fall for something like that, I thought it would be interesting to pick apart what exactly is the allure of these groups and to ask yourself if you have ever been a part of something similar.

Cults can be enticing for several reasons, despite their potentially harmful and manipulative nature.

1. Fulfillment and belonging

Cults often make grandiose promises of personal fulfillment, spiritual enlightenment, or a higher purpose in life. They offer happiness, success, or salvation, which can be enticing to you if you feel dissatisfied or lost.

You’re also part of a group who share common goals, values, and beliefs. This sense of belonging can be particularly appealing to those who feel isolated, lonely, or disconnected.

2. Emotional support and a feeling of certainty

Cults often offer emotional support and a support system that members may lack in their personal lives. They also offer a sense of certainty and stability. In a complex and uncertain world, the simplicity and clarity can be comforting. 

3. Personal transformation but control

They offer a way to overcome personal flaws or achieve enlightenment. This desire for a seemingly easy path to personal growth and change can be appealing if you are seeking a fresh start.

Yet a cult’s success is also built on this need for many people through manipulation. They use tactics such as love bombing (excessive affection and attention), exploiting vulnerabilities, a sense of dependency, or even fear and guilt. 

Once you take these elements, you can apply them to popular and even mainstream groups, businesses and belief systems including: 

  • Any Multi-level marketing structure
  • Fitness cultures such as Bikram Yoga
  • Conspiracy theorists 
  • Large media fandoms or fan-groups

There is no guarantee that everyone is susceptible to these types of groups, but it is a common misconception that joining a cult or a group of its kind is the result of naivety or stupidity.

When you feel lonely, lost or depressed you can have the urge to find instant relief and fast solutions to how you are feeling. This is when an offering of community and acceptance becomes the most enticing.

Can you trust me? ChatGPT and AI

With the latest topic of conversation on the amazing accuracy of ChatGPT, it’s no surprise that a lot of people are starting to question how they are going to be able to tell the difference between real and robot.

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a tool that auto-generates text and answers to any (or most) questions you ask it.

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Do you self-diagnose?

Have you ever been browsing or scrolling for a while and then come across something that makes you feel as if the algorithm knows you a little too well? I’m finding that self-diagnosis is an increasingly common issue when it comes to mental health for this very reason.

That is its job, to get to know you and to offer you content that feels familiar and enticing. What content creators then aim to do is create what can only be described as ‘blanket content’. Content that feels as if it is aimed at you, but it can really appeal to a mass audience.

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Your Child’s Mental Health | Kate Middleton Response

Kate Middleton has recently written an opinion piece in The Telegraph on the importance of mental health during a child’s early stages, especially in the first five years.

I use my platform personally to speak openly about how you can rework old habits, traumas and childhood issues to create a more positive future for yourself in adulthood. What the Princess of Wales is voicing is essentially stopping these issues from the root. This is absolutely true but I want to offer my perspective.

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