Why People Do Such Crazy Stuff (Completed) ? Normal Healthy Depression is a Time to Rest, and Get Ready to Try Again – Episode 3
In this program, I start to get into the story about why people do such crazy stuff, like eating too much when they want to lose weight, or drinking alcohol when they want to be sober, or working too much when they want to have a better home life and so on.
What you learn is that people have feelings that are painful, such as anger, sadness, loneliness, and such. But since we have been made to feel bad about feeling bad, then we have learned to deny, ignore, and repress our feelings. We learned somewhere along the way that we can do this by simply taking our mind off of the bad feeling and what is causing us to feel that way by placing our minds on something else. As a result, when we feel bad, the over eaters eat, the drinkers drink, the smokers smoke, and the sex-aholics (well, you get the idea).
Take a look at the graphic on the left. It shows how we can feel bad and then distract. Then when the distraction is over, we feel bad once again.
This process is reinforced because we feel better when we distract, and the habit develops. But it makes things worse. Since we don’t do anything about what is causing the feeling, the feeling persists and leads to frustration. We will talk more about this in the next program.
When you learn how your feelings really work, you get back a sense of control in your life, and really begin to use a very special kind of innate wisdom that you have been ignoring. Those feelings are there to help and guide you to a happier and more successful life.