Therapy Overload Is Your Circle ‘Over-therapized’?, Unraveling How an Excess of Therapy-Speak is Straining Friendships and Relationships

In today's day and age, therapy has become increasingly popular among the masses. However, an emerging trend has surfaced wherein individuals on the internet allege that their friends and peers are becoming 'over-therapized.' This phenomenon has caused an unfortunate misuse of therapy-related jargon and subsequently led to heightened tension within relationships.

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Creators on TikTok have been called out for misusing therapy-speak in hilarious and questionable ways. It seems like everyone and their dog is now an expert in therapy-originated concepts like “boundaries” and “self-care.” But let’s be honest, therapy culture has gone mainstream and taken a wild turn.

Dr. Isabelle Morley, a licensed clinical psychologist, commented that while mental health awareness is crucial, therapy terms and tools can be weaponized. Suddenly, people are using therapy-speak to manipulate situations and justify their questionable decisions. It’s like a funhouse mirror version of therapy, where the sensitive and meaningful language is twisted into meaninglessness.

The discourse took on a life of its own after actor Jonah Hill was accused of misusing therapy lingo in his text messages. Seriously, is there anything scarier than therapy-speak gone wrong? It’s like listening to someone poorly attempt Shakespearean insults, but instead, they’re clumsily throwing around terms like “boundaries” and “emotional labor.”

Recently, a viral video about being “over-therapized” made a splash on TikTok. Nancy Wu, the protagonist of this drama, had friends who ghosted her after a trip during which she covered all their expenses. Months later, when she confronted them, they hit her with therapy-speak, claiming her generosity was manipulative. Talk about throwing a curveball.

But it doesn’t stop there. TikTok, being the entertaining platform that it is, has turned the criticism about being “over-therapized” into a hilarious punchline. People are mocking the ubiquity of therapy language through skits and comedy sketches. Picture this: someone breaking up with their boyfriend because he broke his foot and needed water during their sacred “self-care time.” Comedy gold, my friends.

Dr. Morley believes that therapy language is being overused, leading to friend breakups and added tensions. She suggests that some things are meant for internal reflection, not for public performance. But hey, who doesn’t love a good public display of vulnerability, right?

While therapy has its merits and can be immensely helpful, there’s a danger in blindly adopting therapy terms without critical thinking. It’s like learning a new language and going around misusing it, causing unnecessary resentment and confusion. We must tread carefully in this brave new world of therapized words.

So, why are people jumping on the therapy-speak bandwagon? According to Dr. Morley, it’s all about cognitive shortcuts. People want quick labels to understand themselves and others better. But let’s be real, unless you’re a licensed psychologist, tossing around terms like “narcissist” or “sociopath” without context can lead to serious misunderstandings. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

In the end, we can all agree that mental health awareness is crucial and therapy can be life-changing. But let’s not turn it into a game of therapy-speak Mad Libs, twisting and misusing the language for our own purposes. It’s time to embrace the genuine benefits of therapy without turning it into a punchline. Remember, laughter is the best medicine, but therapy should never be the joke.