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(A God in Therapy post) This New York Times' article went viral yesterday: A Drug to Cure Fear. But are yet more psychiatric drugs really the answer? A 19th century Jewish mystic, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, said "no."
What is personality identity? What is the self? Where does the self/identity spring from? What is its physical source? What is its non-physical source? Personal identity is in flux as we grow, mature and change. Or is it? (Interesting article here.) The Jewish mystics tell us
Why Starting Over Is Good For The Soul
The Turkey Prince by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Once upon a time, the king's son lost touch with reality. He thought he was a turkey. He longed to sit naked under the table snacking on breadcrumbs--so he took off all his clothes and sat under the table, pecking at the floor. The king summoned the royal doctors--they all tried different medications, therapies, and cures. But none of them could help the prince and they worriedly quit trying. The king was devastated. Then, a wise man came. "I can cure the prince," he said.
The news is startling. The New York Times reports: Almost 20,000 prescriptions for risperidone (commonly known as Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and other antipsychotic medications were written in 2014 for children 2 and younger, a 50 percent jump from 13,000 just one year before, according to the prescription data company IMS Health. Prescriptions for the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) rose 23 percent in one year, to about 83,000. Through adolescence, our brains and bodies change in ways science has only just begun to understand. But infants' brains and nervous systems change so rapidly that development can be measured not in years or months, but in weeks. How can we know with any certainty that anti-psychotic medications aren't negatively altering infants' and children's development in dramatic ways? We can't. So, why are some doctors prescribing anti-psychotic medications to babies?
A man once dreamed that there was a great treasure under a bridge in Vienna. He traveled to Vienna and stood near the bridge, trying to figure out what to do. He did not dare search for the treasure by day, because of the many people who were there. A military officer passed by and asked, “What are you doing, standing here gazing at the bridge?”
An Angry Teacher? Who are your mentors, teachers, role models? Whom do you admire? Respect? Learn from? Can they control their anger? Imagine: You're sitting in a college classroom, taking a course on the philosophy of relationships. Your professor, a tenured, well-respected man, gives a brilliant lecture on the nobility of friendship. He speaks about forbearance, equanimity, tolerance and seeing the good in others. You have a question about the assignment, but
To find joy is the hardest thing of all. It is harder than all other spiritual tasks…Put all your energy into being happy. — Rebbe Nachman of Breslov People struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses benefit from making joy a part of their mental health treatment plan. Joy's Power Joy's Dark Opposites: Joy is the opposite of nearly every draining emotion and feeling: Despair. Anger. Depression. Jealousy. Hate. You can't merely implant joy on top of negative emotions and feelings, but you can engage in joyful activities which are important to the healing process.
Schadenfreude Schadenfreude is a feeling of pleasure that occurs to some people when they find out that someone else is hurting. Feeling pleasure, even joy, when seeing someone else fail, flounder or fall victim has to be one of the most unsettling (and repulsive) concepts—but it isn't rare and it's gaining acceptance. According to some studies, it is "normal."