While I've been looking through my books and old notes for the sake of writing this paper, I came across some concepts I bolded, capitalized, and underlined all over the place. Why? Because this relatively simple concept does not apply solely to the mental health profession.
Ethically speaking- not legally, we are "required" to take four questions into account when making a serious decision. Looking over the questions I realized how universal they are. Would I not ideally think about these ideas before doing anything rash? Honestly, now I would but 20 year old me probably not so much.
Remley & Herlihy (2010) asks us to consider four self-tests before making a final decision or once it is made:
1) Think about justice—Would you treat others the same?
2) Would you suggest someone else to take similar action?
3) Would you be willing to have others know how you acted?
4) Do you have lingering feelings of doubt or uncertaininty about what you did?
One of the aspects that initially drew me to psychology way back when was the fact that it's all-embracing knowledge. I might quadruple my bank account as a business major, but have no idea how to relate to others. Knowing about basic mental processes can be beneficial in any situation: in intimate (or not so much so) relationships, at work, when reading etcetc.
Yes I whine and complain about school sometimes. But I love learning. So I copied these questions down and put them up on my inspiration board. Maybe it'll help me curb the random bursts of selfish jealousy that creep up on me.
Because in al honesty, if I can't apply concepts to my own personal life, how am I supposed to be able to help others with theirs?