What does counselling for depression look like, when it is enriched by philosophy?
"Beware, lest in your anxiety to avoid war, you obtain a master."
-Demosthenes, 2500 years ago.
I get bored with the life-hacks that proliferate on the web these days. I want my simplicity to come with depth. But there are life-hacks staring at us from the pages of philosophy and spirituality of every culture. They are ways of turning suffering into growth, tragedy into triumph. Of course it's easy to romanticise such ideas, rather than face the ways we are vulnerable and damaged in life, yet nonetheless I have no time for being a victim. Not if I don't have to. And a lot of other people feel the same. They want to do something with what's been done to them. They won't to hack their suffering and transform themselves through it. And this is a realistic ambition. Anxiety is a case in point.
The Life Direction & Purpose program is launching in January 2018!
As I said in my reflection about existential crisis, there are many people - especially those in their 20s and 30s - struggling with trying to get their relationships, career, or emotional lives to a good place. But instead things are not going well and they are in distress. Half the problem is that it is all so confusing - there's this sense that some essential thing is being missed.
What if psychology stopped always focusing on what goes wrong with life, and also researched what goes right? What if it put happiness, flourishing, resilience, and character to the test of science? And what if the outcomes were applied through counselling and coaching? Well in the late 1990s some leading psychologists asked such questions, and positive psychology was born.