Part forty-six: Support groups
Support groups are communities of people with the same statute and the same problem who want to deal with it together. It is not immediate happiness, but a long and protracted way to solve our fears, failures, or disappointments.
It is a phenomenon of the present day. All over the world, such clubs are created to support each other. Psychologists and therapists run them, but more and more often, people who seek emotional support or useful information create their own.
The main reason for open self-help groups is not only high costs of specialists or their availability but also trust. It seems that we are more inclined to confide in our troubles to a person who is going through the same thing than a therapist. It appears that we have more confidence that we will listen better to us without additional questions. Besides, the perspective of the same situation in someone else’s case explains the general problem. This way, we are often able to see the triviality of our struggles or come to a perfect solution to the issues.
As the saying goes, that strength lies in number, so searching for solutions has many ends. Each member of these groups has a lot to contribute, and by sharing their own experiences, they encourage other members. As a result, we can find the cause and the solution to life’s dilemmas faster and quicker.
The topic of support groups can be practically anything from loss of loved ones, through addictions, to financial issues. The reach is either personally or virtually. The functioning of such groups is at informing the public or defending a particular subject and but also starting to work on ourselves, because in this case, we may not be aware of the importance of our struggle.
Interestingly, not only mental or physical problems can trigger a support group. In recent years, for example, several institutions have been set up to help with other issues, such as computer aid, stylistic aid, scientific aid or integration aid. And under them there are many subtitles such as helping older people with electronic payments, looking for accommodation for homeless people or newcomers, tutoring and extracurricular teaching. More noble goals, however, have a huge name and it turns out that we also have many beautiful people among us who want to share knowledge on given topics.
Joining a group, however, is associated with restraint for many people. We often hear the explanation that our environment will consider us weak and helpless. Others fear that people will think badly of them. And most people still believe that we are alone in the world and we have to deal with adversities on our own. Shame is also a factor. We associate support groups with losing balance and not be able to manage one’s life. But nothing could be further from the truth.
It is this joining that testifies to the inner strength to improve one’s situation. The beauty is that you can set the rules yourself by creating your support group. You can invite just as shy or embarrassed members to join you to create a beautiful future and new friendships. If you do not have such ambitions, but want to work in the right direction, be able to confide in others or help others, do not hesitate and join the existing facility.
It’s not necessarily you who must be in some trouble. It is often the case that one of your loved ones, family, or friends, needs help. Do not hesitate to offer your support with deed and advice. Maybe this person would be fortunate in you or your opinion about a specific club.
Have a nice day.