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I picked up a little book called Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore on a trip recently. It was one of those “take a book and leave a book” libraries. I gratefully lifted this one from the stack. Although I’ve just begun to read it, I’m already enamored. Unlike a lot of things you read about mental illness, Moore doesn’t believe in trying to simply fix or eradicate our so-called problems, depression and anxiety included.┬áDid I mention its cataloged as a Psychology book?

Instead understanding the “messages that lie within the illness,” and “the necessary changes requested by depression and anxiety,” puts you at a place of emotional well-being versus deprivation or lack. In other words, it’s the difference between believing something is wrong with you, and perceiving your problems as a healthy signal that some area of your life needs attention. It’s all about understanding where your problems come from instead of simply trying to get rid of it. And it makes sense too. It’s the reason why a lot of people find that getting rid of their problem through medication, for example, doesn’t always fix it. But getting to the root of it does.

And this can help explain everything from being more creative to dealing with addiction. Instead of doing away with your problems, you’ll find lasting change in being able to discover the deeper issues often buried beneath. The secret to successfully dealing with any difficulty is to confront it. Avoiding and escaping end up adding to your suffering. As you’ll read in our posts below, acceptance and awareness are key pieces to emotional well-being.

We Need Healthy Self Respect to Be More Creative
(The Creative Mind) – What holds you back creatively isn’t your competition, the economy, or a lack of opportunities. According to this, your self-confidence, self-worth and ability to accept your limitations have a big impact on your creative success.

No Addiction Without Lies, No Recovery Without Truth
(Addiction Recovery) – One sign of a breakdown in recovery is dishonesty. Learn why the truth can truly set you free.

One-Moment Meditation
(Mindful Parenting) – Don’t have a lot of time to meditate? No problem. You just need a single moment. And that moment starts now. Watch this to feel calmer, more mindful and focused in a minute.

Reasons Not To Call A Mistake A Failure
(A Counselor’s Observations) – What’s the difference between a mistake and a failure? It can actually mean the difference between a temporary set-back and more long-term issues with self-confidence, anxiety, and self-doubt.

How Mindfulness Practice is Basic to Recovery
(The Impact of Sex Addiction) – Sex addiction recovery involves not just abstaining from unhealthy behaviors, but learning to connect better with yourself and others. Practicing mindfulness is an important aspect of recovery that can help you do just that.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Dec 2012
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2012). Best of Our Blogs: December 14, 2012. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 25, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/12/14/best-of-our-blogs-december-14-2012/

 

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