While visiting a therapist can help you to improve your relationships with your significant other, family members, and friends, professional care is also advisable if you find that you're struggling at work. A variety of issues can spell trouble in the workplace, leading to disciplinary problems, a lack of advancement, and even conflicts with co-workers and supervisors. If you explain some of these issues to a therapist, he or she will work with you to understand why you react in a certain way — and then develop strategies that you can use to better handle each situation as it arises. Here are some issues that may be affecting your career.
Being competitive is generally a good thing, but you may notice that you're so competitive that it becomes detrimental. In the workplace, ultra competitiveness can come in many forms. For example, you might be so keen on standing out that you actually sabotage your peers. In a sales environment, you could steal sales clients by badmouthing your fellow sales reps and talking up your abilities. This level of competitiveness can make for a toxic workplace — your colleagues will dislike you and your manager will view you as disruptive. With a therapist, you'll get to the bottom of your competitiveness and work on keeping it to a reasonable level.
Many people flirt with their colleagues in a manner that is suitable to both parties, but excess flirting can quickly spell trouble. You may have trouble controlling the degree to which you flirt, which can make your co-workers uncomfortable and even lead to you getting disciplined or terminated from your job. By working on this topic with your therapist and gaining an understanding of why you flirt excessively, you can hopefully work to better control it, thus reducing its impact on your career.
Procrastinating is another issue that may affect your career. When you leave projects to the last minute, regardless of your field of work, the end result can suffer. Additionally, there's always the chance that you may miss a deadline, leading to further issues. By understanding your tendency to procrastinate, you can work with your therapist to develop strategies to overcome this habit. For example, in discussing this issue, you might identify that you have trouble getting motivated unless a deadline is looming. One potential strategy is to ask your manager to give you shorter deadlines for projects, as this may compel you to start things sooner.