The enemy within

Spiritual; Christian; Buddhist; therapy; struggle; trans; LGBT;   “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either  —  But right through every human heart  —  And through all human hearts.    This line shifts.     Inside us, it oscillates with the years.      And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained.      And even in the best of all hearts, there remains . . .  An un-uprooted small corner of evil.         Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world:   They struggle with the evil inside a human being  (inside every human being).   It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety,   but it is possible  to constrict it   within each human heart.”

― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

What is mental health, anyway?

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Many critics of our diagnostic manuals complain that our DSM focuses on pathology but is not underpinned by any definition of psychological health. While the diagnostic manuals are necessary, I heartily agree with the critics on this point. When we are suffering with psychological ‘symptoms,’ (e.g. -depression, agitation, etc) of course we want relief. But most of us, deep down, want more for our lives

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