|Telling someone they need therapy
||[Oct. 20th, 2004|01:09 am]
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What is a tactful way to do so, being firm enough they know you really mean it, but also make clear you realize there may be other factors involved, that you are not aware of, that may eliminate the need for therapy?|
The situation is a person I know, somewhere between positive aquaintance and friend, has been making some slightly disturbing LJ entries. Nothing that would make me fear for his immediate safety or the immediate safety of others around him, but it does raise some concerns for his long term mental health, and if its as bad as it looks, if left unchecked I may be fearing for his and his associates safety sometime in the future. On the other hand, the venting in his LJ may be just that- venting, and by letting it out here he avoids the compulsion to let it out in meatspace with disastrous consequences. There is also the fact that plain text can be pretty poor at expressing emotion, some emotions could easily seem to be stronger than they are, and others weaker than they are, when you don't have tone of voice, body language, radical changes in writing style, or even emoticons to suggest how to take something on an emotional level- I may be reading more into this than I should. So basically, I want him to know I really am concerned without going overboard or sounding like I'm insulting him.
Don't bother looking through my friends list to figure out who it is, the post in question is locked. In fact, if you did look through my friends list and tried to figure it out, I'm pretty sure I can guess who you'd think it is and if I'm right about that, the person doesn't need therapy IMO.