Your negative thoughts and feelings are not, in fact, the result of what’s wrong with you … but what’s right with you.

I thought of you when I read this quote from “Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety” by David D. Burns –


What I’ve shown you so far—how to identify the distortions in your negative thoughts—is powerful and exciting, but it’s not new. What is new is this: Your negative thoughts and feelings are not, in fact, the result of what’s wrong with you (as the American Psychiatric Association would have us believe) but what’s right with you. In the DSM-5, various forms of human suffering, such as unhappiness, worrying, or shyness, are transformed into a series of “mental disorders” with names like major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. This classification system creates the impression that if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, you’re defective in some way and need fixing. In fact, your doctor may even tell you that you have a “chemical imbalance” in your brain and that you need medication to try to correct the imbalance.* But what if Maria’s suffering—and your suffering as well—was not the result of what’s wrong with you but what’s right with you? What if your depression and anxiety were the expression of what’s positive and beautiful about you rather than what’s negative and broken about you? Then you could be proud of your negative feelings instead of feeling ashamed of them. That would be quite a switch, wouldn’t it? And here’s the really cool thing: The moment you see the positive side of your negative thoughts and feelings, you suddenly won’t need them anymore, and your recovery will be just a stone’s throw away. In fact, many people recover really fast! How fast? I’m talking minutes, as opposed to months or years of traditional talk therapy or treatment with antidepressant medications.”

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QUOTE (emphasis mine):


NOTE (my commentary)


What gets my attention?
Do I understand the need or problem?
Do I understand the potential solution?
Do I understand how to apply that strategy?
What questions do I have for the experts? What might be the answers?
Who needs to hear this?
What do I do next?

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