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Many people in our society are depressed, anxious, and lonely. Even extremely.
It’s not because they have no people such as family or friends around them. Most of the time, they don’t experience that lack.
But ... more because they have no fellow human being with whom they can be “truly themselves.”
Nobody with whom they can talk about anything without fear of rejection or self consciousness.
Arnold, a teen patient locked down in his room, do have his mother, father, sister, and brother in the house. He does have classmates and friends outside.
Yet, when asked if he has anyone closest to him with whom he is “truly himself,” his answer was a sad “No one at all.”
He is withering as a result.
He gets addicted to pornography. He loses motivation towards his school work, family, and even his future. Including the basic actions required to keep his life moving along.
At this point, psychotherapy can function as a launching pad for Arnold. It can provide the impetus needed to get him reconnected to life and relationships.
Dr. Sidney Jourard, author and psychology professor, has argued convincingly that self disclosure is a basic human need.
And when that basic human need is not met, maladjustment results. The maladjustment is often the active avoidance of being known by another.
In psychotherapy, when a wounded soul becomes accustomed to confiding, he starts to heal.
The essential feedback facilitates in prompting action towards life change and wholeness.