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Acceptance: : Embrace yourself willingly
While searching for information related to mental health, you will commonly come across statements like “Embrace Yourself.” However, what you might really want to know is “Exactly, how do I achieve that?” Let's explore what ‘Acceptance’ truly means in this article.
Conceptualizations Hinder Overcoming Depression
Depression is often characterized by frequent relapses and chronicity. It's known for being challenging to conquer. Various reasons exist, but in cognitive psychology, the thinking habit of 'conceptualization' plays a critical role in impeding change. This article will explore what 'conceptualization' means.‍
Ditching Perfectionism in New Year's Goals: Conquering Perfectionism
Another year has flown by. Many of us are already setting meticulous plans for the coming one – focusing on self-improvement, fitness, and achievements. We all hope for a fulfilling year, but there’s one thing to be cautious of while setting New Year's goals: perfectionism.
The Causes of Low Self-Esteem
Our previous article explored how low self-esteem can shake the very foundation of our lives, revealing that it's not as trivial as some might think. So, what causes self-esteem to decrease? While there are various reasons, research points to four key experiences that contribute to low self-esteem.
Understanding Self-Esteem: How Low Self-Worth Shakes Our Life
"We often say, 'He/She seems to have low self-esteem.' But what is self-esteem? What are the downsides of low self-esteem, and how is it related to mental health?"
Overcoming Lethargy and Meaninglessness
Many fall into depression after stressful events like family conflicts or failures, but it can also strike after successes like college admission or promotions, perplexing many as to why depression follows achievements.
Four Thought Habits That Worsen Depression
Depression is different from feeling blue. While everyone occasionally feels down, depression includes symptoms that persist for at least two weeks. To understand depression, we need to know the thought habits that perpetuate it. In this article, we introduce four thinking habits that sustain feelings of helplessness, sadness, and lack of interest.
Understanding Avoidance as a Coping Strategy in Depression
Depressed individuals, even when aware that movement could benefit them, won't step outside. Why is this? Lack of motivation? Perhaps. But there are more complex reasons why people in a slump don't go out.
Does Child Abuse Lead to Borderline Personality Disorder?
Following a celebrity's brave confession of struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) on a TV show, many became aware of BPD through news articles and other sources. With the increase of relationship advice shows and YouTube channels illuminating partner dynamics, more people are wondering if their significant other's incomprehensible behavior might be symptomatic of BPD.
Three Habits That Worsen Panic Disorder
Panic refers to a sudden, intense fear that occurs abruptly. Such panic might lead to what is often termed a Panic Attack. In a panic attack, it’s common for two additional symptoms to occur. The first is an intense physical sensation, such as a fast-beating heart or shortness of breath. The second is extreme thoughts, often referred to as 'catastrophizing', accompanying thoughts like “I feel like I'm going to die” when a panic attack occurs.
Distancing Principles
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1. Maintaining Distance from Thoughts
November 28, 2023
A significant number of people struggle with mental health issues. One in three individuals will face a serious mental health problem at some point in their lives. How did we end up in such a situation?
2. The illusion of 'I'
November 28, 2023
"I" is an illusion. To be more precise, the "thinking me" is just a delusion. We believe that we think freely. We believe that we live our lives by proactively and ambitiously 'thinking.' It seems as though we have the reins of life. From this perspective, what thoughts you have and how you act every moment are entirely up to you. However, this is a blatant illusion. Thoughts merely 'appear' in our minds.
3. Fighting Thoughts leads to Defeat
November 28, 2023
Many people unknowingly wage a ceaseless battle against their thoughts, especially negative thoughts. Such battles are often doomed to failure. Yet, many people, unaware of this fact, walk down a path that is destined to fail. One in three people will encounter significant mental health issues in their lifetime. One in five Americans take antidepressants. Can you imagine how many people are embarking on a futile battle?The battles they wage manifest in three primary ways.
4. Thoughts can be 'Selected'
November 28, 2023
The notion that 'I' is an illusion, and the attempts to fight against thoughts always culminate in failure, can leave us feeling hopeless. If thoughts are not fabricated by our will, and we are told not to fight the negative thoughts that emerge within different situations, then what exactly are we supposed to do? Should we just accept as they arise? Does this mean that life is inherently difficult, so we should just resign and bear it?
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