Mental Health for the Common Man
The document linked below is a very brief overview of the 'Lies' we tell ourselves. It is something we have learned to do from childhood
and it binds us to imagined fears. Fear is a very useful emotion for self-preservation. However, when it permitted freedom without the
and guidance and limits of logic, truths become shadowed and we become enslaved by the very thoughts that could provide meaningfulness
to our lives and the lives of others. We were designed for significantly more than this. Enjoy!
The Lies We Tell Ourselves
The most important fundamental principle in Psychiatry is discovering the content of our "self-talk".
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), introduced by Dr. Aaron Beck, has been established as a very useful therapy for those suffering from a wide range of emotional problems. The effective application of this therapy has been a powerful tool not only for troubled individuals but for anyone who desires some sort of compass to navigate through the rocky terrain of everyday life.
The principles are based on uncovering the lies we have learned throughout our lives and how they introduce obstacles when we hold them as truths. The most valuable aspect of CBT is that it does not require a lifelong therapist. In fact, the pace of healing is centered on those who earnestly acquire the skills to keep their mental dialogue in check. When we learn how to extract truth in our interpretations of life events, we are able to break free from the anxiety and fear that threaten our freedom to live life fully as intended
This is not a new concept or strategy. In fact, it has been around for thousands of years.
In fact, if you have a Bible handy, you will find this "framework of mind" in the book of Philippians, chapter four, verse eight.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (KJV)
Here, I will share the condensed outline of six basic lies that rob our freedoms with a short example of each. If you learn how to identify these lies, then you will be in a better position to begin replacing your self-dialogue with truths that will begin a journey to your freedom.
Now, Go Apply what you learn