We, in my opinion, are sliding down a very slippery slope when it comes to privacy. Like frogs being boiled to death slowly. What information do you give away and what is being taken without your consent? Maybe you don't care, but I for one, do.
When did it become okay to photograph and film people without their permission? Record things and share them on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram? Share things without the individual even knowing?
In fact in the UAE it’s illegal. Something that some people could do with being reminded of. Hence this post!
In my line of work privacy, trust, respect, honesty (and sharing heart space) are all vital aspects of a therapeutic connection. I wouldn’t dream of sharing private information and much of my work is confidential. This seems to go against the current tide of thinking, which appears to be ‘let’s tell everyone everything’.
If you share details with me - anything from an email address, concerns over health, a family worry, or a deep emotional wound that is weighing you down - they are all treated with the same respect. I highly value my relationship with you, and trust that you value yours with me.
I respect your privacy, and in turn, expect you to respect mine.
To take photos, film or record people, without asking them first, is in my opinion, just plain rude.
I will not condone secret photography, filming or recording, and will not work with individuals who think this behaviour is acceptable.
Reminder of the UAE law can be found here and here. More information on Human Rights and Privacy can be found here.