Everything we do and everything that we are, our successes and failures, happiness and despair, all come from how we use our mind. While we can control most of our thoughts, it’s the part which we cannot directly control which has the biggest impact in our lives. It’s called the subconscious, and it’s so important that Carl Jung, one of the most famous psychologists in the world, calls it the basis of our destiny. While we cannot directly control it, we can, however, influence and improve it in order to improve our quality of life.
Why did I write this article? While most people in the Western world know about the subconscious, not a lot of people in the Philippines where I am from understand it. In fact, they think mental and psychological disorders like depression and anxiety are just people being overdramatic (“kaartehan”), and that patients just need to pray to get “cured”. It’s not. They’re as real as high blood pressure and diabetes, but they’re illnesses affecting the neurochemicals in the brain. Just like how prayers cannot instantly lower cholesterol levels or regrow chopped off limbs, they’re not direct cures for psychological issues like depression, anxiety, autism, and others like them.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s start the lesson![Read more…]