3 thoughts on “The Biggest Disease Today: Mondays Mindful Quote

  • October 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Another thing to consider is what effect ostracizing or not belonging has on our society? If it drives escape, mental health issues and addiction have major social and economic impacts on our society. If it drives more of a fight reaction, then we find more crime. Just good to become aware of how this issue of belonging or not belonging affects us not just individually, but culturally and socially as well.

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  • October 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Connecting with myself – and then with other people – was the most important part of a long recovery from chronic anorexia bulimia. Through exploring myself, and then identifying with others – initally through literature, and then through life – I developed an insight into human beings that helped me move forward, as my story (www.findingmelissa.co.uk) explores. The most important lesson for me was that, regardless of place, time, age or any other defining feature, humans all feel the same at some point – it’s just recognising the connections and sharing them that is a bit harder.

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  • October 14, 2009 at 5:26 am

    These ideas echo the beliefs and teachings of Alfred Adler, who talked specifically about the centrality of human beings need for belonging, and coined the term ‘inferiority complex’.

    IMO, his common sense and practical approach makes Individual Psychology one of the most powerful models for understanding people’s motivations and needs, and helping them attend to our life tasks in satisfying, productive ways.

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