“It is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease and erectile dysfunction…How many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed tumors and neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip and compulsive cell-phone use simply because we don’t do that thing that our heart, our inner genius, is calling us to do? Resistance defeats us. ” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
That’s it isn’t it? It’s the real reason why we haven’t grappled our demons yet. It is the demon. The big enemy that’s standing in our way of everything that we dream of, lust after, obsess over. The healthy body we desire. The relationship we always wanted. The success that everyone else knows the secret to but us. Happiness. Joy. Peace.
We’re just stumbling over our lives on automatic pilot, eating/drinking/shopping it away. Mindlessly. Buying into the superficial life or the lies we tell ourselves. Things like:
It doesn’t matter anyway.
I’m not good enough.
Some things just are the way they are.
I’m just not talented/smart/attractive/worthy of it.
Someone wise once told me, the only difference between you and that successful person out there is that they tried. They don’t necessarily have as much talent, experience or connections. They had the same resistance, fear and uncertainty. But they met their obstacle with courage. What will you do?
You may have an inkling that something’s wrong and needs your attention (whether it’s with a relationship, a therapist, your health, etc.). Let our posts this week be a reminder to listen to that inner voice. Kill resistance by doing something about it.
Don’t Give Up When He (Or She) Won’t Open Up
(Building Relationship Skills) – Ready to throw in the towel on your relationship? Read this! If you’re frustrated with a partner who consistently withdraws or shuts down or you’re resistant to a loved one who’s pressuring you to open up, this can help save and heal your relationship.
What you Should Watch Out For In Therapy
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – It’s difficult to find the “right” therapist. But there are clear ways to spot a wrong one. Here are 7 distinct types of therapists you should avoid.
Understanding Bipolar Disorder
(Mental Health Awareness) – Did you know there are different subtypes of Bipolar Disorder and that it usually develops in late teens to early adulthood? If a loved one suffers from it, but you don’t really understand what bipolar disorder is or if you’ve been diagnosed and want others to understand what you’re going through, read, then share this.
Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner, Trauma Survivor, “Other”
(Trauma Informed Systems) – This post provides a fascinating perspective on the relationship between trauma and disability and its role in transforming a famous athlete into a cold blooded killer.
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 5 Jun 2014
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Uyemura, B. (2014). Best of Our Blogs: June 6, 2014. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 26, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/06/06/best-of-our-blogs-june-6-2014/