"Ask me not who I am and ask me not to remain the same. Leave it to our bureaucrats and our police to see that our papers are in order." - Foucault
My friend Mark Shrayber interviewed me for an article on therapy. You can read it here, 'I'm Not The Police' and Other Things Your Therapist Wants To Tell You.
Therapists are, in many ways, the opposite of the police. Police uphold the status quo. Therapy gives you a place to put yourself into question. Therapists have a deep curiosity about people, and an appreciation for the complexity of human desire and motivation. We want to help you understand why you do the things you do, not judge or condemn you for them. Like that overused Rumi on every other therapist's website: there's a field beyond right and wrong. That's where therapy happens.
But the other essential part about therapy is that it helps you realize that you have the police inside your own mind. Have you noticed the part of yourself that judges or condemns your actions, or your thoughts, or the person you are? Freud called this the superego, and it's the part of your mind that has internalized society's (and your parents') prohibitions. But sometimes it is too loud, too forceful, too imprisoning.
Therapy can help you to relinquish this police officer inside of you.