A new study examining the effects of psychotherapy found that people in the United Kingdom who visit a therapist after experiencing stress or mental problems have an increase in income the year after they start therapy. According to the study, women who visit therapists see an eight percent increase in income the year after therapy, while men see a 13 percent increase in income the year after starting therapy.
The researchers hypothesize that going to a therapist reduces stress and other distractions from a person's life, which allows them to be more productive at work. And being a more productive worker leads to more bonuses and promotions, thus explaining the income increase.
The researchers couldn't really explain why men see a bigger increase in income than women. Women are more likely to visit a therapist than men, with 23 percent of women saying they go to one compared to only 15 percent for men. And women also say their mental health improves more after visiting a therapist than men. Women on average say their mental health improves by about 1.2 points on a 36-point mental health scale compared to only 0.5 points for men.
The researchers guess that the possible reason men see greater income increases is simply due to built in wage gap issues between men and women in society generally. They also say that many women begin going to therapy because they are in a hostile workplace. So while therapy may help them deal with that hostile workplace, it doesn't change the workplace itself, so there will still be discrimination that prevents women from receiving bonuses and promotions.
But still, it seems the general consensus is going to therapy will make you a richer person in more ways than one.