Category Archives: Mental Health

Tradeoff Decisions – Depression

A lot of depression often arises from the never ending stream of tradeoff decisions that comes with life. Some people are depressed by the fact that you cannot have everything you want, they are depressed by their limitations.  Others accept the fact that they have limitations but are depressed at the option they are giving up when they make a decision to spend their limited time on one activity (like a movie) and miss out on another (like bowling).

Unfortunately, there exist contradictions within reality which you cannot overcome, and all you can do is come to terms with them.  To come to terms with them:

Overcome Perfectionism to let go the Denial of reality (let go the denial of not being to have all you want) according to the Life Education Curriculum.  Then, now that you accept an imperfect reality, which is the only true reality we share, use the lessons in Self Improvement Part 2: Planning to maximize what you want given your constraints.  As for overcoming the feelings of regret, refocus your attention on the present reality that you are living rather than the imaginary world you are deluding yourself with and appreciate the reality that you have and what you have in that reality.

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For Depression

  • Getting Out of Depression
  • Tradeoff Decisions – Depression
  • Bill Murray on Suicide - Youtube   In this video, Bill Murray recounts how when he was starting out in his career as a comedian he performed so poorly on stage that he walked off the stage depressed and suicidal, and how he ended up being inspired by the painting “The Song of the Lark” to continue living because in that painting there is a woman working in a field and there’s a sunrise behind her.  ”Look it there’s a girl who doesn’t have a lot of prospects, but the sun’s coming up anyway. And she’s got another chance at it….it gave me some kind of feeling that I too am a person and can get another chance every day the sun comes up”

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Insecurity

  • Having dinner the other day, I couldn’t help but constantly think to myself–am I being interesting right now, or am I being boring?  Am I being a jerk right now? Arrogant? Then I caught myself: STOP BEING SO INSECURE!  Just be yourself, and accept whatever happens: it’s not about being or not being certain adjectives or traits.  Life is a range, not black and white: everyone is some degree of everything, and the degree is constantly changing.  Just go with it, and react to life according to the principles you believe in.
  • People who are afraid of being judged may be in denial of being bad at things, trapped in perfectionist thinking (Overcome Perfectionism)

Resources

Overcome Illogical Thoughts of Insecure People

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