Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Self and Others

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— In cognitive therapy we seek
the source of our depression, anxiety
or other emotional problem, sometimes deeply troubling
problems which can even disrupt our lives. Today’s
featured author Marie Miguel, representing
tries to help you see the source or trauma
which underlies your difficulties.

republished November 22, 2020
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Gaining a Deeper Understanding
of Self and Others

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The Truthful Patriot’s Corner (Link to Home page and blog), republished November 22, 2020, by Marie Miguel. (We have provided a short biography of Marie Miguel at the bottom of the article.) Paul Evans: Did you know that 38 percent of the English test as mentally ill, or that, at some point in their lives, one-sixth of people are clinically depressed (so that they need intervention and treatment)? There is such a stigma with the label “mentally ill” that half of these people never seek treatment. Here is another fact: the rate of violent crimes is actually lower among the mentally ill versus the rest of people. There should be NO stigma or shame about mental illness. It stems from chemical imbalances in the brain brought on by emotional trauma or abuse, often, it is thought, with a “genetic predisposition” involved. The mentally ill desperately need your love and acceptance in society. Could you please try to understand and offer us some kindness and acceptance?

What’s Going on in this Modern World

It’s strange that even in a world brought closer together by instantaneous, easy communication via the Internet, true understanding is still scarce. The internet is changing people’s perceptions even of time itself. Yet, knowing yourself and understanding others better seems to be an even harder concept to grasp. Still, it’s a goal worth pursuing. One way to do that is through online therapy on a site like

See the Trauma Behind the Pain

If you have depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders, you’re dealing with some form of emotional pain. The pain or numbness may seem to come from nowhere or from everywhere all at
once. But a trauma is something that’s generated in a specific event or situation.

Your therapist can guide you as you explore the origin of your pain. When you make that connection, you come to understand something critical about yourself. You know that there’s a reason you feel the way you do that goes beyond the circumstances of today.

Recognize How You’re Making Decisions

When your mental health is poor, your entire decision-making process may be thrown completely off course. Instead of thinking things out rationally, you may make decisions based on the way you feel at the moment. If you feel sad, unconfident, or anxious, you may let those feelings inhibit you from going after your most cherished goals.

The first step to making better decisions is to recognize how you’re making them now. Cognitive behavioral therapy works well to uncover the steps in your current process. You examine your behaviors and feelings. Then, you trace them back to the thoughts that created them. At that point, you can decide whether to hold onto those thoughts or replace them with more helpful

Examine the Ways You Interact with Others

As a part of understanding the choices you make, your online therapist may suggest that you consider other people’s perspectives. They may guide you through a process of imagining how the other person feels and what they think about you.

One goal is to find peace in knowing that someone else has different ideas that aren’t necessarily more valid than your own. Another is to understand that each person has their own challenges that might not have anything to do with you. A third is to make sense of why someone treats you the way they do. No matter what you discover about someone else’s point of view, it can help you see the world more clearly.

Imagine Life Through Others’ Perspectives

In online therapy, you can talk to your counselor about your relationships. The therapist can help you dig deeper and think about how you interact with your loved ones. You might not even realize that you’re being hurtful or codependent or demanding. Once you recognize the ways you speak and behave towards them, you can work on being a better friend, family member, or partner.

Peace and understanding just seem to go together. When you take the time to understand yourself better, you can learn relaxation techniques that work best for you. And, you can develop your own personal program for improving your mood. As you find understanding of the people around you, you can build better relationships as well.

Marie Miguel Biography

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with therapists. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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