We begin our theme-based series for the Mental Health Awareness Week 2016! We all use psychological defenses to help us cope with something which we find difficult to accept. So for this time, each day of this week, we will put up a post that highlights the defense mechanisms used by a fictional character that you know about.
We turned five on 26th December, 2015! It's the end of a year and the beginning of a new one, setting the stage for deep introspection...Our Chief Psychologist, Sadia Saeed Raval pens down her reflections and insights that the year gone by has offered, leaving us with some thoughts about how we could contribute to world peace!
Death Anxiety is not simply anxiety about dying but anxiety about not living meaningfully. Culturally, we are averse to talking of death. However, awareness of one’s finite time on this planet in this form is probably one of the most important factors for living meaningfully. What "living well" means is unique to you but it requires some deep exploration from your end.
This post is always my favorite post of the year because I ritually sit down with a nice cup of tea and I can indulge myself in reminiscing about all the wonderful people I saw in therapy, about their movement and growth, about all the work we put in as a team, the activities we did and all the articles we wrote thinking of all of you who read this space regularly.
In the end of this series of looking within, I want to talk about an unusual ally that aids you to look within yourself. In fact forces you to do so. –Pain. As I work with people and also with myself, I am more and more convinced that pain is actually a friend. Unless we are pained, helpless, sorrowful, we never really question or look for answers from life.
Thank you for reading, encouraging, and supporting us all along this year. We think about you a lot when we decide what to write. In a typical brainstorming session we try to raise and answer questions like: what are people looking for, what problems they need help with, what psychological difficulties are fostered by our environments today, in these changing times...
Inner Space turns three on the 26th of December 2013 and we also near the end of another year. The year has been eventful, lots of action, work, an additional office, new associations, more therapists and so on. But amidst the enjoyable inertia of all this work and action, I want to remind myself and all the Inner Space therapists to not lose sight of why we started Inner Space...
You are able to live with yourself because you know you are fundamentally good! You know that all your inadequacies and the not so good qualities exist either because they are judged that way by people around you or because you picked them up somewhere on the way because of the difficulties that life sent your way. You are correct! The deepest core of you, of all of us, every person is beautiful.
“Maybe you could try to get something done by this week”, “Maybe you’re trying too hard, you could do with a little bit of letting go” “There may be a lot more options you haven’t explored” “It would help if you would stop exploring more and more options and instead focus on one” “Maybe you could reach out to your partner more”, “Maybe you could detach a bit from your partner and work with yourself instead!” Yes I’m quoting myself! What in the world am I trying to do contradicting myself all over??? You’ll soon know!
Going through pain in life is inevitable. You know this. Oh yes, you often want to believe you can escape it by being "overly" careful. But deep inside... all of us know, we will go through pain! An imperfect life scattered with pain, physical and emotional, makes you feel like life and people are unfair. When you are in pain, your mind says, “I deserve happiness, not yet another pain!” You work hard at your happiness, at work and at home. You try your best not to hurt others and to be steadfast and responsible. Somehow, you still encounter pain and sorrow, sometimes right after a happy event. You feel angry and dejected. You ask life, ‘why?’