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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 BetterHelp.com tries to help you see the source or trauma which underlies your difficulties.
republished April 7, 2020
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Gaining a Deeper Understanding
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The Daily Walk with Love (Link to Home page and blog), republished April 7, 2020, by Marie Miguel. (We have provided a short biography of Marie Miguel at the bottom of the article.)
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. It’s changing people’s perceptions 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 BetterHelp.com
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 BetterHelp.com 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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