Nowadays, the issue of mental health is more widespread and accepted compared to the past few decades. More and more people are accepting that depression and anxiety disorders are not just “all in your head”. It’s a very real issue that can take the lives of countless people in an instant.
We understand this struggle here at Therapist Online, which is why we decided to open our business and reach out to more people. Through talking and safely expressing one’s feelings, we can bring our community one step closer to a healthier mind and life. If you think you need a therapist, read up on some of the telltale signs below:
Constantly experiencing stress
It’s important to remember that stress is very normal. However, if you think that the stress is truly getting to you and it’s stopping you from functioning, then that could mean that you need to visit a therapist. Be sure to observe yourself and make a decision from there.
Difficulty getting through daily activities
This is one of the less noticeable signs that your mental health is declining. Try to observe yourself on a daily basis. If you think that you are having trouble getting up or making it through your day, then that could mean you’re suffering from a type of mental illness. It’s not a good idea to self-diagnose, but visiting a therapist to find out won’t hurt at all.
Withdrawing from hobbies and loved ones
It’s a given that everyone has their hobbies and interests. If you or anyone you know is starting to withdraw from their social life and personal interests, then this is a big red flag. It could mean that they are focusing on the more negative aspects of their lives and wish to withdraw from certain things or people in their lives.
Inconsistent anxiety and fatigue
Depression, anxiety and many other mental illnesses can come in different forms. The process varies depending on the person and the symptoms are inconsistent as well. Out of all the cases that we have seen at Therapist Online, anxiety and fatigue are some of the most common. If you’re experiencing this, then it may be time to see a therapist.
Depressive or suicidal thoughts
Out of all the signs in this list, having depressive or suicidal thoughts is the most severe. If you or anyone you know is having these thoughts, then visiting a therapist is a must. It can be dangerous to be left alone and allow the illness to take over your mind. Instead, try to centre yourself and book an appointment as soon as possible.
Remember that visiting a therapist is nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed as a person or you have to rely on someone else to survive. This simply means that you’re willing to accept help and work on getting better.
Some people find life to be too quick at times. When it comes to challenges and how to deal with them, it can be daunting, leading people deeper into their troubles.
Luckily, the internet made the therapy process easier to access for everyone. Therapists are no longer confined to providing services for their patients on-site such as hospitals and clinics. They can now remotely diagnose and treat their patients.
Here at Therapist online, we make use of the latest remote tech to ensure that you get the best service. We have therapists that will help you with your concerns anytime, anywhere.
If you’re still wondering what you can get out of online therapy, look no further!
No delays or missed schedules
Outpatient therapy sessions may be disrupted due to bad weather or obstacles such as car accidents. Online therapy, on the other hand, allows counseling and therapy sessions to continue without problems.
Easier group or family counseling
Most problems that need therapy affect more than one person. Because of this, employing online therapy services for a patient who lives with their family can make family sessions easier. The same perks apply even to families that don’t stay together. This is because everyone may attend sessions from their own home.
It is cheaper and less hassle
Online therapy is often cheaper. This is because online therapists have lower overhead expenses like office space rental. As a result, online therapists can provide cheaper treatment options for persons who do not have health insurance.
Also, since you will be going to therapy sessions online from the comfort of your own home, you may plan them at times that are best for you.
Your data is secure
Much like on-site therapy, online therapy adheres to the rules of the Federal Council of Psychology. These rules ensure that all your data and everything you say to the therapist is kept secret.
Another benefit is that no one has to know that you are going through online therapy. Since these sessions can be held anywhere you want, you can enjoy maximum privacy.
It is effective
According to studies, online therapy isn’t only effective, some patients actually prefer it. Patients who are shy in face-to-face sessions tend to open up more when they are talking through a computer or phone.
The therapy, then, is more effective since there is more dialogue between the counselor and the patient. Patients are more willing to unearth their issues and be able to work with them.
How is online therapy applied?
The following are the three most typical ways online therapy is applied:
These tech advances in the therapy process increase the time that clients and counselors can spend with each other. Instead of missing or avoiding a therapy schedule, they receive a text that will motivate them to go. Also, patients can fill out computer screening forms ahead of time. This saves counselors a lot of time collecting data and other info.
Here at Therapist online, you can be assured that you will get all the benefits of online therapy. Most importantly, you can get these at your own convenience.
Just as there are different kinds of addiction, there are also a plethora of treatments available. It is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. It needs to be specific to your condition. For this to work, you need to coordinate with your therapist and consult them on the best methods for you to pursue.
Along with condition-specific treatments, there are also options that depend on the substance that you are abusing, your health, what your health care option can afford and the level of care that you need. Take a look at the common addiction treatments that we can offer right here at Therapist Online, your online platform for the best psychological treatments and consultations.
Detoxification is a medically assisted procedure that removes the addictive substances in your body through safe means. This is effective since it prevents withdrawal that might cause unpleasant or even life-threatening effects on your body. You should take note that since detoxification only removes the substance but doesn’t necessarily treat addiction, it is often used in combination with other procedures.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most valuable treatment tools since it can treat different types of addiction such as food addiction, alcohol addiction and drug addiction. What it does is allow you to be more aware of the unhealthy behavioural patterns that you have. Moreover, it also gives you a clear idea of what your triggers are and what coping mechanisms you have.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
The thing about addiction is that it is easy to relapse if you are not careful in recognizing your behavioural patterns. One treatment that works is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. This treatment allows you to recognize the negative thoughts that flood your mind and gives you ways on how you can handle them instead of falling into the deep end. In short, it allows you to think rationally and recognize which is real and which thoughts are only in your head.
Contingency Management (CM)
CM is a treatment that is mostly used to treat a variety of addictions which includes narcotics, tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. This treatment allows you to prevent going back to drugs through positive reinforcement. CM treatment means that every time you refuse the urge to do drugs again, you will receive a tangible reward. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is a successful treatment in preventing relapse.
Treatment with medication
Treatment with medication is still questionable to some with people saying that if a person is suffering from drugs, why do professionals give them more? The answer to that is simple. The prescribed medications for drug addicts don’t have the same addicting effect as the abused substances. What these medications do is decrease addictive behaviour, reduce your cravings and help you improve your mood.
Therapist Online: How to overcome internalized biases
All of us have preconceived ideas about another individual influenced by their race, gender, social identity and even domestic situations. In the same way that we see everyone else, we also have an image that we have set for ourselves. For this reason, we are likely to have assumptions about our own skills, opportunities and goals. It is because of these expectations that we tend to have internalized stereotypes.
What’s dangerous about these stereotype-based assumptions is that it allows us to foster negative preconceptions about our own prospects and abilities thereby limiting ourselves and what we can do. You only limit yourself to the possibilities that you think are open for you.
According to our research. Women are most likely the victims of internalized biases. This is likely because of the unequal treatment for men and women as well as the high expectations of society for women.
Our research shows that a man will take an opportunity if he is at least 60% qualified for it but a woman won’t pursue a career unless she is 100% sure that she will make it. The hesitancy of women to risk in such situations is in part due to scrutiny by employers towards the ability of a lady. All of these actions reflect instances of self-limiting biases.
Eliminating self-limiting biases
We are pointing out the existence of extreme gender career segregation not to suggest that some career pursuits are better than others but to alert you to the need to think carefully about who you are and whom you want to be before making serious career choices.
You should be certain these career choices are not being inappropriately limited by internalized stereotypes and misgivings about your abilities simply because of your gender. To keep you from unnecessarily limiting your career choices and advancement opportunities, here are some helpful tips to take on.
Do a self-analysis. It is essential to understand when and why you experience threats around stereotypes. If you can recognize the presence of stereotype threat, you will realize the anxiety you are experiencing has nothing to do with your lack of ability and is more about your personal preconceptions. In this way, you will transform your anxiety from self-doubt to something more akin to stage fright, which can become a source of energy, heightened awareness, and improved performance.
Take differences out. Try to view situations in which gender is highly salient through a non-gendered lens. Don’t think, ‘I am the only woman in this meeting’. Instead, think of your advantage and credentials!
Humour yourself. A sense of humour is always a useful coping method to self-limiting bias. By bringing humour to difficult, unfamiliar, or just plain uncomfortable situations, you can diminish your negative emotional reactions and increase your performance capabilities.
Therapist Online: Our complete listings of therapists
Congratulations on taking your first step towards healing and a better you! Right here at Therapist Online, we work towards the same goal as professional therapists to give you the best treatment that you deserve. How this works is that professional and licensed therapists will post their credentials and profile to our page so we can review their credibility.
Once we are satisfied with our investigation, we will post their profiles on our listing so you can reach out to them for help. You can review the different profiles on our list to see which therapists will work best for you. Take a look at the listing below:
Kristy Greener, clinical psychologist
Practice Street Address
Palmiet wellness centre, 9 Stedman Mews, 128 Jan Hofmeyer Road, Westville
Adult, children, psychologist
I have worked as a clinical psychologist for 8 years. As a psychologist, I dealt with several different settings such as a psychiatric hospital, a general hospital, a children’s home, a school for children with special needs and private practice. Each of these settings has taught me valuable experience and allowed me to grow my therapeutic skills.
I work with children, teens and adults on a wide variety of problems. Along with these, I also involve people who are important to the client to assist with treatment. These include a partner, parents, teachers, etc. I also refer to other professionals such as paediatricians, psychiatrists, occupational therapists etc, when I feel it is necessary.
My practice is only open on a Saturday from 9 to 5 but you can contact me via email and phone. Sessions for adults and teens are 55 minutes while younger children are usually seen for 30 minutes.
I am a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, practising in Morningside, Johannesburg. In my private practice, I work with adults, adolescents and couples who work through a wide array of challenges ranging from everyday stressors to severe mental illness. I also have a special interest in neuro-rehabilitation and medical psychology.
As a professional psychologist, I am involved in neuro-rehabilitation work with inpatients and outpatients who have experienced brain injury. I also work with the Smile Foundation, providing support for children and caregivers of children with Cleft Lip and Palate and other facial anomalies.
Looking for support? A place to heal with no judgement? A safe place that assists in empowering yourself, for your life? Empowering your connection with your loved ones? A place for someone to listen and assist with tools for you to attain harmony within yourself? That is what I offer in my counselling sessions – to assist you to be the narrator of your life and gain your own power whatever that means to you.
I offer therapy sessions that include emotional support and guidance for learning difficulties, problem resolution, communication problems and a host of other potentially life-changing challenges.
I facilitate individual therapy as well as couples counselling (relationship and marital). Additionally, I provide Anger Management workshops (either on a one-on-one basis or in group sessions) accommodating for both individuals and a range of corporate clients. I have been invited to authoring numerous articles for an array of publications.
I also offer my counselling services to an oncology department to support cancer patients through their processing.
Overall I deliver an integrative approach including Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and other evidence-based treatments depending on the clients‘ needs. These approaches are applied to clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioural, and adjustment problems, such as anxiety, stress, depression and bipolar.
I am a Counselling Psychologist keenly interested in a person’s development through time. I believe that change is a constant in our world, and our goal should be to ‘thrive through change’. I focus on person-centred empowering processes which drive individual initiative, leading to fulfilling relationships and a life filled with meaning.
I have over a decade’s experience in the development and use of psychometric assessments. I believe that, when chosen carefully and appropriately, they can provide self-insight which can assist with key life decisions that need to be made.
For some the journey they are on or the change they are dealing with can feel scary and daunting. But it also holds the promise of discovery, growth and new opportunities. Sometimes a seemingly small change in direction (a pivot) can affect significant change over time. Together we look back from where you’ve come, look around at where you are, and look ahead to where you’d like to be. I aim to provide a space in which we can explore, providing you with options, purpose and clarity.
My repertoire extends to the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of children, adolescents and adults. I use a meta-theory systems approach with eclectic therapeutic modalities depending on the needs of the client which is solution-focused. I offer therapy for mood (including depression, anxiety, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder) and personality disorders, family therapy, couples therapy and hypnotherapy.
My clinic is situated at 2 Maude Street, Sandton City, Medical Mews, Suite 108.
Aharon M. Segal, Clinical psychologist
Practice Street Address
35 Saint Albans Avenue Craighall Park Johannesburg
My orientation and approach for treatment is emotional realignment with the use of fast, effective short-term rational-emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) which focuses mainly upon the present and does not delve into or dwell excessively upon the past. REBT is focussed on practical, problem-solving processes and skills which encourages changes in perspective, thinking and attitude, leading to better results and a happier, more fulfilled existence. It is based upon the scientific principles of evidence, disputation and Socratic dialogue.
Karoo Moons is an Addiction Recovery and Personal Development Centre that provides individualised, professional treatment and counselling to clients at highly competitive rates, in a secure, secluded and warm setting. Our location is far removed from unhealthy influences and dedicated to introducing clients to an improved way of thinking that will positively impact behaviour and lead towards a more constructive and meaningful life.
We invite you to unwind in the serenity of the semi-desert, let the quiet landscape soothe you, go on meanders in unspoilt nature, enjoy the architecture, marvel at the Valley of Desolation, gaze at the bright Karoo moon and stars as you have never seen them before, far from the city lights, and embark on a journey of recovery.
Rachel Molongoana, Counselling psychologist
Practice Street Address
1 Laubscher street,
Glenvista Ext 4 2091
Mondeor, Glenanda, Mulbarton, Alberton
Anxiety, couplers, depression, relationship
Counselling Psychologist, Rachel Molongoana obtained her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. The degree integrates traditional clinical training modules such as Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology and Psychotherapy, and also has a strong focus and orientation to Community Psychology which emphasized the importance of considering community contexts in all health practice and intervention implementation.
Aside from running her private practice, she works for one of Southern Africa’s biggest EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) companies, as a Managerial and Clinical Specialist. She has worked for many other organizations including the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), the Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development (PsyCAD), as well as Catalyx Consulting on the Jumpstart Life-skills and Job-readiness programme.
The experience she has gained over the years has helped her develop exceptional listening skills, a heart and patience for working across different contexts, a capacity for cultural sensitivity and an ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and ages.
Rachel’s goal is to impact people’s lives positively, be it within organisations or individually, through psychological and therapeutic services, training and workshop facilitation and providing guidance and support for optimal wellbeing and functioning in all spheres of life. She has special interests:
Attachment work (parent-child, adult attachments)
Diversity and Gender studies
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There are a lot of negative connotations about therapy. Some people think that seeking out help means that there is something wrong with you while others think that therapists won’t understand their situation so there is no use confiding in them.
A lot of us grew up thinking that internalized matters shouldn’t be discussed and that there are things that you must face on your own. People are always telling you that it is all in your head, but you see, that is where it gets dangerous.
Our mind is capable of many things and this includes being self-destructive. It’s not easy to think out of the box when you’re at the deep end of your mind. Talking about it with another person, however, will help you find your way out and see that things shouldn’t have to be as bad as they seem in your head. It brings you to another perspective.
Therapists are individuals who trained their whole lives to help other people. They are not there to judge you or idly listen to you while doing nothing. They actively try their best to gently coax you out of the dark crevices of your mind.
It’s a good thing that people are becoming more accepting of the concept of therapy with the people from social media platforms continually spreading awareness. Stomping down your emotions and bottling them in is the worst thing you could have done to yourself. It can create several problems that will soon lead you to a breakdown.
If you are second-guessing booking a therapist appointment, here are some reasons why it might be a great help for you. It’s time to get to the root of the problem and give yourself the help you need.
It helps! Here’s why
Seeking help is one of the best and bravest things you could do for yourself. It is dangerous to bottle up your problems and issues until you burst. If you are asking yourself if therapy helps, we’re here to tell you that it does. Here’s why:
Therapy’s effects persist over the long-haul
Once you find peace, comfort and love, you can never get lost again. This is one of the truest things we discovered about therapy. It helps you find peace, comfort and love in ways that you didn’t think were possible. Finding these things while fighting your own psychological battles would be difficult. However, if you receive help from credible individuals, they can lead you out of the dark maze in your mind and find the root of your problems.
Once you’ve dealt with the root, the likeliness of you ever going back to the deep end in your mind would be reduced. Even if you get lost again, you will know how to find your way out since you already know how to cut down the roots and deal with the problem in a way that is not self-destructive.
Physical symptoms get treated along with it
A lot of people who are ignorant about psychological diseases and traumas use the argument ‘it’s all in your head’ so many times that you start thinking that there is something wrong with you. We’re here to tell you that that is not true. Nothing is wrong with you, however, there is something wrong with the way that you have been treated by the people around you and your environment.
The trauma and general ennui that you’ve experienced before can manifest physically in your body. It can often be observed in your sleeping and eating patterns as well as fatigue, stomachaches and headaches.
There are cases wherein too much stress leads them to feel like they are physically drowning, which causes difficulty in breathing. Therapy can help solve some of these physical problems by treating them from the root.
Repressed emotions will haunt you if not treated
The emotions that you bottle up are stored in your mind until you break down. This is one of the most serious drawbacks of keeping your battles to yourself, it comes back to haunt you. Repressing your feelings doesn’t throw away or kill the emotions you’ve felt. If anything, it only lingers longer to fester and haunt you until you inevitably explode.
Even if you don’t have a full-on breakdown, these repressed emotions can affect your mind negatively and change the way that you interact with other people including the ones you love. Learning how to process your emotions will allow you to gain better insight into manoeuvring your response to situations.
The passive-aggressiveness will fade away
The feelings of anger that you’ve repressed can actually seep out as a passive-aggressive response to situations or comments that are not even meant to offend you. If you start dealing with the root of your anger, you will start feeling better about yourself and curve the way that you deal with other people.
People with repressed feelings will start to respond sarcastically or in a joking manner instead of actually dealing with the problem head-on. They might also do petty things such as purposefully attend a meeting late right after you offended them.
It will give you a whole new perspective on other people
The thing about repressed emotions and undealt with trauma is that it changes the way you see people. Instead of seeing their actions as what it is, you start overthinking and coming up with the worst explanation for their behaviour.
Dealing with your problems with therapy will not just help you understand yourself better, but it will also help you understand other people around you. If you hold too many negative thoughts in without processing them, it will become ingrained in your mind and you will start seeing the world through the negative lens you’ve created. You will start making assumptions about other people’s words or actions and take them as facts regardless if they are true or not.
If you remove the clutter of your own assumptions, you might see that people aren’t as bad as you think they are.
It helps deal with future curveballs
Problems will come even after you finish therapy. You will sometimes still experience the ghost of your trauma along with your other psychological battles. However, once you get treated, even if these days come, you will know how to find your way back to a safe shore.
Therapy doesn’t magically solve your problems and tell you that there is always a positive side. However, what it does is allow you to clear your head to deal with things better. Learning how not to drown in your troubles and making a game plan are keys to living a healthier lifestyle.
Talking about things gives them shape
Do you ever feel irritated and angry but you don’t know what caused it? This might be a sign of a repressed feeling. It will be hard for you to figure out what it is on your own. You will need the help of your therapist to make the problem seem more tangible. By doing this, it will be easier for you to solve it.
One thing that we recommend is writing about what you feel. This will give your problem a more solid and tangible look, allowing you to see it as what it truly is and not your presumed version of it where it inevitably looks more oppressive in your head. If you can’t get therapy, you can also talk about your problem with a friend.
You know you’re not alone
You don’t need to feel any deep connection with your therapist, but it feels like a huge relief that there is someone that is actively taking action in dealing with the things that ail you. It feels comfortable to know that there is someone who can understand your problems without judging you for them.
A therapist can also lead you to a support group with individuals that go through the same problems as you. The most important part of healing is knowing that you are never alone.
It will rewire your brain
There might be toxic beliefs ingrained in your mind. For you to grow out of the unhealthy state you are in, you need to rewire how you think and expel all the toxic ideas that the world imparted with you.
A good therapy session can curve the way that you think and show you the best angles and answers to a situation. One effective method in rewiring your brain is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). What this treatment does is help you identify the negative thought pattern that you have and replace it with positive mental habits.
You won’t have to self-medicate anymore
Self-medication is dangerous. You are not only potentially risking your mental health with ineffective treatments but you might also be missing the actual problem. It also creates an addictive cycle that might only exacerbate the actual problem.
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We normally think of stereotypes as preconceived ideas we have about other people because of their gender, race, domestic situation, or other social identity.
However, we also have stereotypes about ourselves because of our own social identities. Thus, we are likely to unconsciously hold assumptions about our own skills, available opportunities, and appropriate goals. These assumptions are the result of the gender stereotypes we have internalized throughout our lives. Unfortunately, these stereotype-driven assumptions frequently foster negative preconceptions about our abilities and prospects, creating what we refer to as self-limiting biases. For example, as a woman, you tell yourself you are not good at math, or computer science is not an appropriate pursuit for you, or negotiation would not fit your abilities. And as a man, you might think you are not good at emotional expression, or nursing is not an appropriate pursuit, or you would be a poor human resources manager.
Negative assumptions like these can cause you to restrict the type of activities you pursue, circumscribe the possibilities you believe are open to you, and make you anxious and uncertain when faced with new tasks or ones about which you doubt your ability.
Take one well-documented phenomenon: Men typically apply for jobs when they meet approximately 60 percent of the stated job criteria, but women typically won’t apply until they feel they meet 100 percent of the criteria.
Women’s hesitancy in such situations is due, in part, to uncomfortable feelings associated with hirers scrutinizing their abilities; they feel more comfortable when the requested abilities are precisely the ones they possess. For the same reason, women often choose career assignments and positions that involve less risk, lower visibility, fewer challenges, and less responsibility than those chosen by their male colleagues—all situations which reflect instances of self-limiting bias.
The concept of “stereotype threat” is often the trigger for self-limiting bias. For example, a stereotype threat is at play if a woman becomes anxious or uncertain about her abilities when expected to perform a task around which there are strong male stereotypes—say, one calling for leadership, competition, or self-promotion. Likewise, stereotype threat might cause a woman to be uncomfortable and apprehensive in a situation in which gender is highly salient—say, negotiating against a man, leading a team composed primarily of men, or being one of only a few women in a large meeting (whether virtual or in person). And stereotype threat is likely to be the primary cause when a woman believes—unconsciously—that her gender takes her out of running for certain career pursuits (roles in engineering, investment banking, or construction come to mind), which are not “right” for her like other roles (such as careers in teaching, publishing, and fashion) may be.
Another example, if a woman believes women are not particularly skilled negotiators but adequate administrators, she is less likely to volunteer to work on a major merger or acquisition over offering to, perhaps, develop a new employee training system.
SELF-LIMITING BIAS AND GENDER SEGREGATION
The substantial gender segregation among job types in America is frequently attributed to the “demand side” of the process, such as employers’ decisions about whom they will hire, welcome into the fold, and later advance in the company.
There is some recent evidence, however, that “supply-side” factors play a role. That is, women’s and men’s personal decisions about where they want to work and what they want to work at contribute to this segregation. For example, 80 percent of social workers are women but only 15 percent of computer programmers are. Unquestionably. this is not entirely the result of demand-side factors. Past research studies appear to bear this conclusion out. Women MBA graduates were found to be far less likely to apply for jobs in finance and consulting than were comparably credentialed men. The researchers concluded that the women’s choices were due in large part to their concluding finance and consulting were not “appropriate” for them because of the strong male stereotypes associated with these pursuits.
COMBATTING SELF-LIMITING BIAS
We are pointing out the existence of extreme gender career segregation not to suggest that some career pursuits are better than others but to alert you to the need to think carefully about whom you are and whom you want to be before making serious career choices. You should be certain these career choices are not being inappropriately limited by internalized stereotypes and misgivings about your abilities simply because of your gender. To keep you from unnecessarily limiting your career choices and advancement opportunities, here are some helpful techniques to take on.
Do a self-analysis. First of all, it is essential to understand when and why you experience threats around stereotypes. If you can recognize the presence of stereotype threat, you will realize the anxiety you are experiencing has nothing to do with your lack of ability and is more about your personal preconceptions. In this way, you will transform your anxiety from self-doubt to something more akin to stage fright, which can become a source of energy, heightened awareness, and improved performance.
Take differences out. A second thing you can do to combat self-limiting bias is to view situations in which gender is highly salient through a nongendered lens. Don’t think, “I am the only woman in this meeting,” but something like, “I am one of only two MBAs in this meeting” or “I am the most experienced person for this job.” In other words, in these situations, think about your strengths, background, and potential—not your gender.
Humor yourself. Finally, keep in mind that a sense of humor is always a useful coping method to self-limiting bias. By bringing humor to difficult, unfamiliar, or just plain uncomfortable situations, you can diminish your negative emotional reactions and increase your performance capabilities.Using humor to cope with self-limiting bias is not about laughing the situation off, but rather cultivating an attitude that sees gender stereotypes not just as discriminatory and limiting, but slightly ridiculous, too. For there is something truly laughable about anyone believing in the 21st century that women are poor negotiators, lack ambition, or cannot be effective leaders. When you can see the absurdity of gender stereotypes, around your own gender and those of the opposite, you are far better able to reimagine uncomfortable and stressful choices as opportunities not dangers.
By being aware of your own internalized stereotypes, as well as how to fight these problematic limitations, you can unlock more activities you want to pursue, reduce personal anxiety, and discover more about yourself.
We are excited to be able to share the final program for Education Day 2020 with you (below and attached). Please note the change in times, due to the time difference with the USA. It will now start at 12pm, ending at 5pm, with registration starting from 11.30am. We trust that this change will not interfere with your attendance.
11.30-12.00 Registration on Zoom
12:00-12:15 Welcome by Elda Storck, SAPI /SAPA President, and Vossie Goosen, SAPI Chair
12:15-12:45 Preamble to Education Day by Ntshediseng Tlooko
12:45-12:55 Brief Perspective on the Education Day readings by Armien Abrahams
13:00-13:40 Contemporary views of the Oedipus Complex by Mark Solms
13:40-14:45 Dorothy Evans Holmes in Conversation with Mark Solms on the Oedipus Complex,chaired by Armien Abrahams
14:45-15:30 [45 min break]
15:30-16:45 Plenary Discussion, facilitated by Maxine Dennis
16:45-17:00 Closing comments and acknowledgments by Sue Levy
This year Education Day will be taking place via a Zoom meeting. Unlike a Zoom webinar, a Zoom large meeting will allow all participants to see each other and ask live questions during the Q&A and plenary sessions. Education Day will welcome all SAPI members, as usual, and will be open, for the first time, to non-SAPI members both from South Africa and overseas.
Registration will be done in two stages: Quicket, first, and Zoom, second. Both SAPI and non-SAPI members will start by acquiring a ticket via Quicket here https://qkt.io/U4XGLc.
Once this is done (for free or for a fee) you will be sent a ticket to your email address, with a link to the Zoom registration page. You will use the Quicket ticket number to register on the Zoom meeting registration page (https://bit.ly/sapi-2020). SAPI will manually authorize this part of the registration (which might take up to 24 hours). Once authorized, you will get your unique Zoom meeting id via email. We are hoping that this can be done smoothly and want to encourage you to register at your earliest convenience, as this is new for us all. If you have any issues please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com we will try to help you as swiftly as possible.
The reading/viewing list provided by the Scientific Committee follows:
Sigmund Freud: Totem and Taboo https://www.sigmundfreud.net/totem-and-taboo-pdf-ebook.jsp
Mark Solms: Revision of the Theory of the Oedipus Complex (unpublished version, not for circulation, in attachment).
Barnaby Barratt: Oedipality and oedipal complexes reconsidered: On the incest taboo as key to the universality of the human condition (in attachment).
YouTube video of Trevor Noah speaking about racism in relation to a breakdown of the social contract https://bit.ly/3ayRjGT
We look forward to having you with us on Education Day
Co-hosted by the Psychological Society of South Africa, Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation & the South African Medical Research Council-University of South Africa’s Masculinity & Health Research Unit
Join us on the 24th of August 2020 as we honour Uyinene Mrwetyana and all victims of Gender Based Violence Meet our Panelists…
Among several premises of the organisers of the webinar is that unless we fundamentally overhaul and reconfigure at least three things, viz, (i) structural power relations that uphold men’s violent relations with women, (ii) psychologies, norms, beliefs and practices expressive of hegemonic masculinity, and (iii) the criminal justice system, it will be very long before we stop men’s violence. In addition to their inputs, the panelists and respondents will be asked about what is the large and enduring work, related to power, practices, psychologies, policies, and systems, that is to be done to nurture nonviolent men and shift the prevalent form of masculinity towards egalitarian relations.
Attend the webinar live and earn 2 General CEU Points!