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Feelings vs Reactions

One of the first steps toward getting Bipolar In Order is to learn the difference between what we feel or experience and how we react. In our first workshop and in our support group meetings we have an exercise that helps.

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  • May 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Step Five: Brainstorm other options or how someone who has Bipolar In Order might react to the same state and write them down. Write down what a saint would do, what would Jesus do, or what someone you revere would do.

    Joan of Arc liberated France… =)

  • May 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Joan of Arc liberated Franceā€¦ =)

    She sure did. And Teresa of Avila said “The pain is still there. It bothers me so little that I feel the lord is served by it.”

  • May 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    But seriously I agree and every reaction is a choice often times it is a split second almost unconscious choice but it is always a choice. The key is first having a set of tools/alternative reactions and then learning to slow the reaction down enough to be aware of the choice being made and consciously choosing to do something different.

    Often times my final tool is to do something, anything even if I am convinced it won’t work and usually I am wrong. Usually at some point in focusing on doing it something happens to break the cycle and I regain control and peace.

  • October 1, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Hi Kenneth,
    I can’t believe I didn’t respond to your incredible comment when you posted it. I must have missed it. I think we can all learn from your example. Thank you for putting it in a form that makes it so clear.

  • October 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    This article contributes inmensely to the process of people who are struggling to get their Bipolar IN Order. It complements the course with perfect timing. Thank you Tom.


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