for the Week
Some personal reflections from the author of Depression
is a Choice, A. B. Curtiss
on any of the dates for the full article.
- May 07, 2006 -All suffering, depression included, should be understood in terms of what we know about utilizing healthy brain functions, not just
- January 17, 2004 - When we are in high spirits is it all right to think about what we are feeling. However, since the mind is essentially
- January 25, 2004 - The mind is complex. So in trying to command it, we need to get very tricky sometimes. A depressed person asked me to give them assurance that if they practiced Directed Thinking...
- March 20, 2004 - I was doing a workshop with fellow therapists recently and several of them complained wistfully that they didn't seem to feel the same zest
- May 14, 2004 - I think it is true for any thinking person that confidence comes and goes.
Everyone has failures and regrets that creep into thinking.
- May 30, 2004 - The Transition Exercise - Even when we have formed a good neuronal pathway that triggers up to remind us that we can use simple exercises to immediately
13, 2003 - I received a letter recently from someone
who offered me another great exercise. So here it is and
the credit goes to John Winston Bush....
26, 2003 - A short while ago I received the following
letter with two great quotes that deserve some contemplation....
01, 2003 - A woman wrote online that she lived
in fear as a child but that her three siblings did not.
She said that she was the only one to suffer....
08, 2003 - Any
past traumatic event of a person's life must be re-experienced
use of imagination....
16, 2003 - A
human being is not forced to function from emotion and
instinct as other animals in nature. A human being ...
28, 2003 - This
was written more than 40 years ago. "And it seems
to be perfectly in the cards that there will be, within
the next generation or so, a "pharmacological method"
04, 2002 - Its
been almost four months now, and the news programs are
still interviewing people whose lives have been changed
by the World Trade ...
11, 2002 - The
mind is a great computer. If we use it wisely we can avoid
a lot of stress and add to our efficiency in almost any
area of our life. Right...
18, 2002 - I
feel very superior to the road rager and the drug abuser
and wife beater. Why cant they just control themselves
I think, smugly knowing I...
25, 2002 - Decisions
to avoid temptation are more efficient the further distance
from temptation that they can be made. For instance ...
2, 2002 - We
have to learn to be very clever accountants, emotionally
speaking. We should never, for instance, carry the failures
of today, however
9, 2002 - Any
decision made out of fear will be bound to be inappropriate
in some way. Whatever decision we make should be made
out of courage ...
16, 2002 - As
I struggled with some heavy guilt due to some over-eating
which was very distressing this morning I happened upon
the thought "This is the Hundredth Day." ...
22, 2002 - When
all else fails to get you out of the downs, just get up
out of bed and start the day ANYWAY. I have found that
I can always get rid of...
1, 2002 - One
Saturday afternoon, when I was in college, I walked down
the hallway from my room and passed a room where two of
the other girls were studying ...
8, 2002 - I
still have a natural, unfortunate tendency to grade people.
Maybe it's part of my caveman genetics for "survival
of the herd." Is this person...
15, 2002 - The
advice for all of us who feel a little "down"
since the World Trade Center disaster is to stop watching
news shows and television reports of violence, ...
22, 2002 - A
Beautiful Mind was a beautiful movie. But insidious in
a way. The truth is that John Nash never took any drugs
after 1971. And it was only after ...
29, 2002 - We don't realize how modern life is immersing us in
darker and darker images of humanity: starving and drug-addicted
children, terrorism, ...
9, 2002 - I bought an old framed letter/testimonial in an antique
shop about fifteen years ago. I paid $25 for it and have
never regretted it ...
16, 2002 - Its not how many times you fall.
Its how many times you get up. Its not how many times you get depressed its how ...
23, 2002 - We are getting to be an unforgiving
culture because we are not very self-questioning. We can
very well see that there is a bell curve ...
30, 2002 - I have been asked the question "How
do you let people know that they have these terrible faults
without hurting ..
7, 2002 - How do you change someones behavior.
You cant do it directly. You can try to negotiate
a change by offering something in return ...
14, 2002 - Choose your work carefully because
what you get from it is not as important as what you become
by doing it.
21, 2002 - If we would be more accurate in describing
things we would be able to make better decisions about
them. If we called ....
28, 2002 - We must live the life we have, not
the life we would rather have. The to-be-improved life
is always in the future. We cant live ...
4, 2002 - The problem with depression is that
we have a stronger relationship to our feelings than to
the objective reality of our...
11, 2002 - Psychological
exercises are quite magical because only after we do them
do we fully understand what the result...
18, 2002 - I
do think there is such a thing as right conduct and that
it takes precedence over depression in an educated mind.
The trick is...
25, 2002 - You are not likely to take responsibility for something
if you feel helpless to do anything about it...