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I attended an art therapy workshop demo. The facilitator was trying out a few ideas with me, a friend and a counselor-in-training. The agenda included an art project with crayons and questions concerning our most prominent emotion. I have to say the activity surprised me. Yes my drawing skills have a lot to be desired. But what was surprising was the insight I got.

The feeling I chose was frustration. My little black and blue sketch consisted of a circle with a smiling face and few mountains covered in patterns. Unlike the others in the group, I had no preconceived idea of what frustration looked like. It’s only after studying my perplexing picture that I realized I had drawn the purpose of frustration. Within the confusing scrawls of my drawing, there was a consistent pattern. I saw that the purpose of frustration was to remove the obstacles that impede our path. In doing so, in letting go of how we think things should be instead of what is we’re more able to find the patterns in our own life. There is a purpose to the frustration you’re feeling, but it takes courage to see it.

I’m not the only one feeling frustrated this week. You’ll read how one blogger’s fed up with insurance companies’ disregard and discrimination against mental health coverage. Feeling frustrated yourself? Whether you’re frustrated with your creativity, your inability to turn off your smart phone or overcome challenges, you’ll discover your own way through it with a little insight offered here.

Mental Health Insurance Parity vs Insurance Industry: Who’s Winning?
(Depression On My Mind) – This will have you shaking your head in disbelief. You’ll ask yourself the following questions: “Are we that far behind when it comes to mental health insurance? How and why have insurance companies been getting away with unequal, unfair coverage for mental health services?” This post provides some answers.

10 Ways You Can Help Children of Alcoholics
(Addiction Recovery) – Children of alcoholic share symptoms that can make their life a never-ending struggle. But there are things you can do to help. Read and share this with someone you love.

Creative Thinking: Imagine You Are Seven Again
(The Creative Mind) – It’s given that we lose some our childlike sensibilities as we age. But what’s less discussed is its repercussions on our creativity. This post looks at some of the creative power and potential of thinking like a child.

Why I Deleted the Apps on My iPhone
(Mindful Parenting) – Sometimes you don’t realize you have a problem until you see yourself in someone else’s story. This blogger’s confession of being an iPhone addict may reveal you’re own addiction. See what she’s done to prevent further injury to herself and her family.

How Adversity Can Impact Your Success
(Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood) – Challenges are a good thing. They help us develop resilience and build our self-confidence. But for children who grew up in emotionally and physically unsafe environments, they can lead to a sense of helplessness. Fortunately, it’s possible to change things for the better. This post explains how.



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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Oct 2012
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APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2012). Best of Our Blogs: October 26, 2012. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2015, from


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