Jon Hamm: Therapy is Valuable

Monday, April 2, 2012

JON Hamm has extolled the virtues of therapy!

The Mad Men actor says seeing a therapist at the age of 20 — following the death of his father, 10 years after the passing of his mother — believes she helped him greatly.

“I had no concept of what going to see shrink meant. I’m a 20-year-old idiot, in the Midwest. This is not Woody Allen in New York. We don’t sit around and talk about our feelings. We certainly don’t sit around and compare shrinks,” he said.

“But I went to the lady. Sat down and talked to the lady. I gotta say, it helps. Talking to anybody helps.

“Talking to your friends helps. But your friends are your friends. They’ll tell you what you want to hear. The shrink doesn’t sugarcoat it: ‘Hey, you’re f**ked up. Do this, this and this. Don’t do this anymore.’ It’s a wonderful third-person perspective that you get from an analyst. It’s invaluable, I think.

“I was bummed out and when you’re bummed out it’s hard to do other stuff, like even wake up in the morning. It’s something that causes you to struggle in the world.”