Why Having a Best Friend Can Be a Form of Therapy

superheroyou Why Having a Best Friend Can Be a Form of Therapy

Finding a loyal best friend who loves you unconditionally is a rare gift. If you are lucky enough to meet that person, it can make dealing with the pains of life so much easier. Whether this person has been in your life for nine years or just one, it doesn’t change the impact he/she has had on your life.

I’ve known my best friend since kindergarten but we didn’t become close until high school. 7 years since then, she is like a sister to me. When my life was dark, she was a dim light who helped me find my way through. I was her backbone through many rough patches in her life too. Even if she can’t make me feel better, having her be there for me over the years has been a major comfort. Through our friendship I have learned that having a deep friendship with someone can be just the therapy you need – here are some reasons why.

You have someone to talk to.

Have you ever got off the phone with a close friend after hours of gabbing and suddenly felt de-stressed? The ability to talk through your problems is powerful. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, recognized this when he developed the “Talking Cure”. We know this today as talk therapy. Yes, talking is an actual form of therapy!

Talk therapy is used not only in psychoanalysis but also in a range of treatment approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and client-centered therapy. In fact, it’s so effective, it even eases symptoms of schizophrenia. You don’t have to visit a doctor to engage in talk therapy. Engaging in healthy conversation with a close friend can be just as therapeutic. Talking with your best friend allows you to release emotions you might otherwise repress.

They give you an outside perspective on life.

Sometimes, you go through situations you may not want to talk to your family about. Perhaps you’re dealing with a bad breakup or a problem at work. Your parents might have a biased point of view because they only want the best for their child. Telling a best friend about the situation gives you an outside perspective. And if you’re dealing with an issue at home, your friend can provide an unbiased insight since he/she isn’t involved or exposed to the situation.

Most importantly, they can provide emotional support.

Feeling lonely and isolated can make problems worse. But you probably aren’t the only one dealing with a particular issue. Maybe your best friend had the same issue and he/she can help you deal with it. Having someone at your side prevents you from facing heavy burdens alone.

Having a best friend isn’t the absolute cure to all life’s difficulties. However, it can be part of the cure. Having someone there to support you is helpful whether the issue is an external life struggle or an internal psychological on. Dealing with depression, anxiety, and other psychological challenges alone is hard enough. Having support is just as important as seeking professional help. Next time you’re feeling a little stressed, give your best friend a call and talk it out.

Finding a loyal best friend who loves you unconditionally is a rare gift. If you are lucky enough to meet that person, it can make dealing with the pains of life so much easier. Whether this person has been in your life for nine years or just one, it doesn’t change the impact he/she has had on your life.

I’ve known my best friend since kindergarten but we didn’t become close until high school. 7 years since then, she is like a sister to me. When my life was dark, she was a dim light who helped me find my way through. I was her backbone through many rough patches in her life too. Even if she can’t make me feel better, having her be there for me over the years has been a major comfort. Through our friendship I have learned that having a deep friendship with someone can be just the therapy you need – here are some reasons why.

You have someone to talk to.

Have you ever got off the phone with a close friend after hours of gabbing and suddenly felt de-stressed? The ability to talk through your problems is powerful. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, recognized this when he developed the “Talking Cure”. We know this today as talk therapy. Yes, talking is an actual form of therapy!

Talk therapy is used not only in psychoanalysis but also in a range of treatment approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and client-centered therapy. In fact, it’s so effective, it even eases symptoms of schizophrenia. You don’t have to visit a doctor to engage in talk therapy. Engaging in healthy conversation with a close friend can be just as therapeutic. Talking with your best friend allows you to release emotions you might otherwise repress.

They give you an outside perspective on life.

Sometimes, you go through situations you may not want to talk to your family about. Perhaps you’re dealing with a bad breakup or a problem at work. Your parents might have a biased point of view because they only want the best for their child. Telling a best friend about the situation gives you an outside perspective. And if you’re dealing with an issue at home, your friend can provide an unbiased insight since he/she isn’t involved or exposed to the situation.

Most importantly, they can provide emotional support.

Feeling lonely and isolated can make problems worse. But you probably aren’t the only one dealing with a particular issue. Maybe your best friend had the same issue and he/she can help you deal with it. Having someone at your side prevents you from facing heavy burdens alone.

Having a best friend isn’t the absolute cure to all life’s difficulties. However, it can be part of the cure. Having someone there to support you is helpful whether the issue is an external life struggle or an internal psychological on. Dealing with depression, anxiety, and other psychological challenges alone is hard enough. Having support is just as important as seeking professional help. Next time you’re feeling a little stressed, give your best friend a call and talk it out.

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