Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Venting = Bad?
For those of us looking to become psychologists, it has long been our belief that we and those around us should talk about whats bugging us. Bad day at work? Let me hear it. Why are you crying? Tell me all about it. My mom's in the hospital, can I ring your ear? But a survey conducted by Seery has found some interesting results. On September11, 2001 Seery sent out an invitation to participants already inrolled to recieve surveys to vent on their feelings of the event. The report was set up to mimick a therapists session with a patient and follow up reports were sent outover the next two years to track progress. What was determined was that those who initially responded to the survey were more likely to suffer from PTS (post traumatic stress) than those who did not initially respond. It is hypothesized that those who did not initially talk are more resilient than those who felt the need to vent, but what if talking about it makes us relive it over and over again? What about those sent to therapy after tragic events, are we doing more harm than good?