Let's Get Dialectical!
What I'd like to encourage you to engage in once you've joined FyrenIyce-THINKis known to philosophers as Socratic dialectics or the Socratic method. The ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, spent his days in the town square of Athens actively engaging the politicians of the time in ethical/political dialogues. His questioning and answering technique, taught to him by the wise woman philosopher Diotima, was 'dialectical,' and had as its goal clarification of thinking rather than the discovery of a definitive answer. For his trouble and beliefs Socrates was executed, but what they couldn't kill lives on in this technique, for 2500 years later there's still no better method for refining one's critical skills.
Here's How To Be Your Own Socrates
I am alive today thanks to 25 years of learning how to question and think. Without it I'd have blamed everyone and myself for those things which were never in their (or my) realm to change. It works, and it works better than any therapy you can hope to buy, but first you must believe it is in your power to think your way to a better place in both your mind and in physical reality. I want to humbly give to you what philosophy has given to me.
I'll begin by talking about some of the common things bipolar folks tend to say to themselves, thoughts which do incredible damage in terms of stress and pain. These hurtful thoughts are the result of inner dialogues which often lead to the inevitable relapse. Stress is perhaps the most insidious trigger we face, and an absolutely essential skill to acquire is to learn how to diminish its effects. Here's how good thinking works to counter bad.
You Once Thought . . . .
- My parents didn't love me, or loved my sibling(s) more; I am unlovable.
- It seems I'm always doing for others, but they are never there to do for me when I need them.
- I never do anything right! I'm such a failure!
- I'm not a good parent because . .  .
- Nobody understands how bad I feel.
- I've done so many bad things nobody will ever forgive me for them, and I can't forgive myself.
- I've committed the most awful sins; I'll burn in hell for all eternity.
- I could never make it on my own! Who am I without another?!?!
- If my lover/spouse left me that would mean that for sure, I was utterly worthless. I NEED to be needed!
- I'll NEVER, get better!!!
If any of the above rings true, then come...join me under a cyber-tree and let's talk about it. You'll find me by joining our private discussion list which you can subscribe to by going here.