The Value of Hope–And Hopelessness
Hope is an important catalyst to the therapy process that can help therapy work and work more effectively. While the value of hope is more easily recognized, hopelessness can have a valuable place as well. Most people experience periods of hopelessness, particularly as connected to certain aspects of life. For example, one may feel hopeless about a relationship or one’s career, at times. While it can be tempting to rush to solutions to escape from hopelessness, often more sustaining, meaningful solutions can be found through allowing ourselves to dwell in the hopelessness for a period of time. This dwelling allows us to better understand the situation as well as our own needs and desired solution. Yet, it is important to be aware of the dangers of some types of hopelessness. When hopelessness becomes too pervasive or when one becomes stuck in it for too long, it is important to seek professional help.
The topic of hope and hopelessness was featured in my most recent blog for GoodTherapy.org. Read the Full Blog Here