Signs of teenage dating violence
You are jealous of and bitter toward people who look happier than you feel. You say nasty things in an effort to shock yourself into action. You deprive yourself of creative work time (the artist as sadomasochist).This helps you exert some control and stirs up feelings of suffering that are perversely pleasurable.Most people would notice those signs, realize something was wrong, and hopefully get some help.
Creativity coach Eric Maisel calls this our “existential intelligence.” If our daily activities don’t carry enough significance ~ if they don’t feel like a worthwhile use of our talents and passions ~ then soon we are asking ourselves, “What’s the point? ” (Eric Maisel has published a book called which I talk to him about in this post, When Medication Isn’t Enough.) You may recognize many of these signs in your life but still be slow to admit that you are depressed. Because it feels presumptuous to put yourself in that category when you’re still getting by.
“If life were a meal, you’d consider your creativity as the dessert, and always strive to eat your vegetables first.
Pacing and knowing how to say No are your strengths, but your creativity is more essential to your well-being than you realize.” from Jen Lee’s You notice a significant mood change when you have caffeine or alcohol.
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