(Friday Filosophy 12/23/22)
Happy Freakin’ Friday!
Welcome to the Eve of Christmas Eve edition of Friday Filosophy – the weekly newsletter where I challenge you with a question, idea, or topic you may want to think about. Today the subject is how you may be lying to yourself.
You probably don’t want to hear that. But it’s true. We all lie to ourselves.
Now in our defense, we don’t mean to. And not only do we not mean to – we don’t even know we are doing it. Because we are in a state of denial and sometimes see things as we would like them to be – not as they really are.
Let’s get a few things straight...
The reason your budget is tight isn't because the Saudis raised the price of oil, your boss is cheap, or big corporations are greedy. Your money is tight because you spend more than you take in. The reason your current girlfriend or boyfriend has some of the same neurosis as your last four has nothing to do with them. It is all about you. And that is the nature of the human animal. We find evidence that supports our foundational beliefs and if we can’t find any, we manufacture it to conform with our desired view of the world.
So what do we do about all this?
If you have issues with addiction, obsessive disorders, blinding jealousy, neurosis, etc., you may need to seek professional help from a trained therapist. (Preferably from a therapist less crazy than you are.)
You can’t change things like this yourself, because mental illness always reinvents itself. It convinces you that it has been fixed, but it has really gone underground or permutated into something different. You simply cannot clear yourself of mental illness. No one can. And make no mistake – denial and lying to yourself is certainly a form of mental illness.
If your issue isn’t too deep, you may be able to get yourself back to truthfulness without a mental therapist. But to do that, you’ll need a good support group of friends in your life. You need people of consciousness, who are aware and intelligent. And most importantly, not afraid to tell you things you don’t want to hear. Here are the kinds of things a good friend can tell you:
Having good friends and seeking professional help when you need it keeps you on the right track. It’s vitally important that you only allow people who have your highest good in mind to speak into your life. If someone is petty or jealous of your success, they’re not the ones to be seeking guidance from. Keep this group small and tight: People who love you enough to tell you the truth, but do so with love, empathy, and wanting the best for you.
Of course, the most important person of all to tell you the truth is yourself…
If you’re wondering how much you are in denial about the things that happen in your life, here’s a hint: If something bad happens to you and you think it’s someone else’s fault, you’re probably in denial. While all of us are sometimes a victim of random happenstance, 90 percent of the things that happen in your life are the direct result of previous decisions you’ve made and actions you’ve taken. It’s worth some end-of-year reflection.
Interesting topic on the new podcast: The Risks Required for Success
Hope your holidays are joyous. And if they’re normally a hard time for you, may they land softly. Please know I’m thinking about you.
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