Always seen? Have you visited that many that you can make that statement?
One of the reasons, is that if a psych is sullen and sad, it certainly won’t make the patient feel they are qualified to lift the patient up… so they are optimistic,, like.. “let’s see if I can help you” type of attitude. The patient will feel.. ‘geez, if THIS guy/gal is depressed.. how can they help ME?’
I hope this clears up your confusion on this.. but.. doesn’t it make sense?
It’s so because they are the human beings who understand the conflicts in the mind of Hundred, Thousands, Millions of people and are confident that they can make changes in the patients’ minds. This is their self-confidence which makes millions and trillions human beings come out of the their grief/problems, not financially offcourse, but show them new ways to face the challenging problems before them for which patients feel-they are helpless.
That’s why they smile thinking also that they are super human beings in this world.
Mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors smile at people because a smile conveys good will and that they care enough about the person to smile and be friendly.
And they may feel like smiling because they are confident that they can probably help the patient in many different ways, through different psychotherapy techniques and perhaps medications, assignments, etc. And they hope that the patient will see that confidence, and have hope that they can be helped. Believing that you can and will improve is half the battle.
So mainly they smile because they want to be friendly, they want to be of help, and they want to convey confidence in the treatment process.
Sometimes it troubles me that there is such prejudice against mental health professionals, most of whom entered the profession because they are sensitive people who sincerely want to ease the suffering of others. I know there are exceptions, but the majority are very helpful, caring people.