“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What a wonderful thought about enthusiasm; and the same could be said about curiosity.
The purpose of this article is to consider problems like anxiety and depression, and to wonder what stops people from taking the steps necessary for healing. This presupposes that medication and therapy alone are not enough. I propose that the secret sauce in the healing process is that the individual is willing and able to actively and vigorously participate in getting better.
Now, just consider this thing that we call curiosity. You probably know it is a natural feature of the innocent brain; that is, the brain we have at birth. Babies and toddlers are endlessly curious about their environment. They look at, touch, taste and smell everything they can. They must do this, because that is how they learn how things work and how they relate to the various things, places and processes around them.
Some parents understand this, and they encourage their children to explore their environments within safe limits, by giving their kids a secure family life in which to do so. Parents who do not provide such security may end up discouraging their kids from exercising their curiosity. Those parents, insecure within themselves, mistakenly punish and shame the children when the children are not behaving badly; they’re simply trying to learn how their little world works. Thus, the children learn that being curios gets them punished.
Nearly all people with problems like anxiety and depression have lost their curiosity about life. Fear, anxiety and apathy have replaced enthusiasm. Consequently, the person suffering from such chronic problems would never think he could do anything about them. Even if he found that other people have done so, he might conclude it’s not worth it, or it would never work for him.
If we accept these premises, we must ask whether the loss of enthusiasm and curiosity can be turned around. Since ample evidence exists to the positive, we can proceed to the next question: How? What could she do to triumph over her problem? While the specifics will vary based on personality and natural strengths, the individual must have a powerful, emotional experience of success and mastery – one that will convince her it’s possible and it’s worth it.
How is that to be achieved? Every case is unique, so there are no pat answers. However, if you’re curious to know whether you could regain something you’ve lost – like enthusiasm and self-belief, for example – please call me at 219-309-3928.
Other people have succeeded, and they are no more special than you are. That means you, too, can succeed.
Thanks for reading!