Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means. According to the American Psychological Association, through psychotherapy psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives.
On episode 36, we welcome psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Chris Heath to discuss the benefits of psychotherapy; what the unconscious mind is and how it affects our perceptions, choices, and goals; and the meanings behind creativity.
Chris Heath, MD is trained psychoanalyst, board certified psychiatrist, and physician who explores the inner workings of the human mind with insightful videos. His YouTube channel is called HeathMD.
We have to ask ourselves, are we always in control of our actions or is there someone behind the scenes affecting our lives in ways that we’re unaware of?
“In every school of therapy is creativity. You create a new awareness or a new aspect of oneself, one of the two where you can deal with these less optimal defense mechanisms and build a kind of leaning toward mature ones. People tend, after a period of psychotherapy, to be more adaptive and use less of the less adaptive defense mechanisms, like denial or acting out anger, using more of the creative ones, or even altruism or humor, the higher level defenses.”Chris Heath
The unconscious part of our minds remembers feelings, relationships, and traumas that we try hard to suppress. It can sabotage our goals or help us find love; it can guide us to people who build us up or those who knock us down.
The way we see ourselves, others, and the world is stored there, influencing our reactions to everything around us. And, becoming aware of how we contribute to our negative circumstances can help us feel more empowered and instill hope for a brighter future.