For me, blogging has become therapeutic, in a sense. Obviously, as you all now know, I have a
lot of few issues that I deal with on a pretty regular basis: anger problems, OCD, parenting troubles, anxiety, time management issues… the list goes on. Instead of a seeing a psychologist, though, I’ve discovered that all of YOU are now my shrinks! Who needs therapy and counseling when you have blogging?!
Reasons Why Blogging is Better Than Therapy:
1. Therapy consists of a relationship between you and a counselor, in which there is a mutual commitment.
* Blogging doesn’t require a commitment from anyone.
2. A therapist is used as a guide in exploring your feelings, thoughts, relationships, and behaviors.
* Blogging allows you explore your feelings and thoughts, as well. If you doubt this, see here. I think I did a pretty darn good job of exploring and sharing my feelings, no?
3. A therapist coaches you regarding learning about yourself and the way you relate to others.
* Isn’t that what our fellow bloggers do in the “Comments” section?!
4. Therapy helps you discuss many issues, such as deep anger and regrets.
* Well, obviously we bloggers discuss those things pretty openly, too.
5. Therapy can become pretty expensive and usually costs around $100 per hour.
* Blogging is free!! (Suckers!)
6. Therapists usually have a bunch of letters after their names, and most people don’t even know what they mean.
* My blogger therapists only have .com after their names. Much easier to understand, right?
7. People who get therapy are often labeled as “crazy.”
* People who blog are just seen as “creative.” [wink, wink]
8. Therapy can be somewhat intimidating when you have someone sitting across from you just staring at you, eagerly anticipating your every word so they can then judge “diagnose” you.
* Bloggers can feel comfortable saying whatever the heck they want (obviously, in my case) without ever having to lay eyes on their “judgers.”
9. You’re stuck reading a bunch of fine print about confidentiality in therapy.
* Wait, what?! You mean my blog isn’t private? I would’ve guessed it was based on my stats page. Oh well, I trust you all with my deepest, darkest secrets. You guys usually have an equal amount of your own. [Insert evil laugh here.]
10. In therapy, you need to cancel your appointments 24 hours in advance.
* If I don’t feel like blogging today, then dang it, I won’t blog today!
11. A lot of therapists won’t accept your medical insurance without issuing a diagnosis on your “condition.”
* My blogs are self-diagnoses that I’m crazy, and that means I don’t even need to use my insurance!!!
So, to make a long story short, I don’t need a therapist. I have YOU people… and your therapy is free! So thank you in advance for our many future counseling sessions. And, most importantly, please don’t be so quick to diagnose me as crazy. Or angry. Or OCD. Or bitter. Or mean. Or a bad mom. You get the point–