A crisis is a period of personality fracture, when internal supports are outdated and irrelevant. Beliefs and values are changing. And this can shake faith in yourself, in your business, in the people around you. A crisis can be both personal, for example, age crisis, and in relationship. They often go hand in hand: a crisis of personality entails a crisis in relationship, or a crisis in relationship becomes a trigger for a crisis of an individual. If a person managed to go through this period in a right way, new supports are formed and new, more adaptive behaviour patterns are developed.
How does the crisis become visible?
A personality crisis is accompanied by a feeling of powerlessness, loneliness, self-doubt, fear of making decisions, and even a sense of the meaninglessness of life. A person can turn inward, become unsociable, thoughtful. In addition to the sphere of feelings and emotions, turning points affect the sphere of behaviour: a person in a crisis can perform actions that were unusual for him before. For example, a perfect family man suddenly goes on a spree or a responsible employee suddenly does not go to work, since he has realized that it is meaningless.
You should not let the situation take its course, it is better to consult a psychotherapist, who, during the consultation, will determine whether you are in a crisis at the moment and help you to get through it.
Causes of the crisis
A personality crisis can appear on its own – this is how age crises occur, which are not due to any reasons other than age. And it can also arise under the influence of a suddenly changed environment or stress. The trigger for a crisis can be the death of a loved one, dismissal, health problems, or a change of place of residence.
Unfortunately, turning points do not always go smoothly. Sometimes they are delayed. In this case it can lead to the development of neurosis or other mental disorders, and sometimes even alcoholism or suicide. A relationship crisis is accompanied by feelings of guilt, offense, loneliness, and thoughts of breaking up. At the same time, a crisis in relations does not always and does not necessarily mean their collapse. With its successful living, relations go to a new level, there is more warmth and trust in them. Divorce or breakup does not mean that the crisis is not successful either. A crisis can help you realize that the relationship is over. But life goes on.
The right way of experiencing of the crisis leads to the growth of the personality and its development. A good psychotherapist will help you to pass successfully through the crisis, to understand its causes and to understand yourself.
For successful therapy, it is very important to get in touch with the client, so that the client lets the therapist get into his space and trust him. A person in a state of crisis can be closed and distrustful. The speed and success of the crisis depends on how much the client can trust his therapist.
Psychotherapy leads the client to his awareness of his condition, and then to a way out of it.
For the treatment of crisis states, different psychotherapeutic techniques are used, which are selected individually by the psychotherapist. Art therapy has proven itself as an outlet for feelings unconscious by the client.