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Has therapy increased happiness?

Posted by Tabitha on June 9, 2002, at 3:14:12

In reply to Guys, please stop!, posted by beardedlady on June 8, 2002, at 12:11:40

I think so, though often I wonder if there would have been a cheaper way.

I'm a happier person that when I started, though it's difficult to know if that's due to the therapy. Giving up some bad habits helped, and the therapist certainly gave support for those changes. I think my self-esteem went up a few notches. I think I don't waste energy in self-criticism nearly as much, and that probably also reduces anxiety and depression.

My therapist told me that becoming happy wasn't a realistic goal of therapy. She says the reward is self-acceptance.




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