Do you see yourself as a mentally healthy person?
That's one of those complex questions that usually has people either giving a super quick answer of "Yes!", because the alternative would be "No" which simply isn't an option, or you get a weak and trailing off "I'm not sure . . .", because the question is rather complex and requires some thought. It does require some thought actually, because what most of us think of as mental health is really something more along the lines of "emotional health." Here's why.
Are you a victim? Chances are you have been victimized at least once in your life if not many times. None of us can really escape that. Some have had to endure extreme conditions or circumstances, and have been the victim of horrendous situations.
7 Steps to Turn It Around
It's a lament I hear often: "Why do the same things keep happening? Why do I get in the same horrible relationships? Why do I pick the wrong jobs, wrong people, wrong everything? Why does everything always go wrong for me?!"
Correcting Cognitive Distortions
If you have ever sought out counseling, or been around people in the mental health field, you've likely heard of Cognitive Therapy. If not, no worries. It's not necessary to know about it to grasp the subject of this blog entry. In general, cognitive therapy focuses on people's thoughts, and how thoughts and thought processes influence their emotions and sense of what's real. Actually, the whole subject of thoughts is quite popular today and there is a lot of self-help literature out there that talks about how our thoughts interact with what happens to us, how we perceive things, and how we feel. It's a big subject, but for today, I want to talk about something called "cognitive distortion." It's a simple idea, and understanding it can help you correct thought patterns and tendencies that don't service you well.