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Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Hiawatha922, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Hiawatha922

    Hiawatha922 Peer Supporter

    I just wanted to share an interesting article from David Brooks. Brooks draws on some mindfulness philosophy and strategies when reflecting on journaling, introspection and narcissism. Here are a few of my take-aways from a "TMS perspective" (particularly in regard to childhood experiences).

    1. Journaling about childhood experiences (as we often do with TMS) gives us beneficial perspective...our awareness is not the same as each and every experience that we encounter today or that we've encountered in the past. The passage of some time may work in our favor.

    2. Posing questions to our inner child (like, what is it that you need?) again offers helpful perspective. This "third person" approach fosters the possibility of insight--it takes us a step away from forming our identity out of any particular emotion or thought.

    3. Over-rationalizing each of our feelings and thoughts can actually distance us from gaining insight and understanding into some of our unconscious thoughts and feelings. Simply attend to what is coming to the surface. What is the story here?

    Here's the article:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/opinion/david-brooks-introspective-or-narcissistic.html?_r=0

    Any thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014
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  2. Cap'n Spanky

    Cap'n Spanky Well known member

    Wow, very interesting article! Thanks Hiawatha. Is that the same David Brooks who does the political commentary??
     
  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Thanks for that excellent article, Hiawatha.

    I'd like to share this...

    I was watching a rerun last night of an episode of MR. SELFRIDGE, an excellent Masterpiece Theater series,
    and his mother told him, "The past haunts us if we don't confront it." Sounds like pure TMS knowledge, doesn't it!

    He was troubled about his father having left them when he was a boy, and she told him to just accept that so he could find peace
    with him and himself.
     
  4. Hiawatha922

    Hiawatha922 Peer Supporter

    Yes, this is the same David Brooks who does political commentary.

    If we can fully experience our emotions and then release them (rather than getting preoccupied), I think we are moving in a direction that affords peace.
     
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  5. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    Great article! Thanks for sharing it. The book by David Brooks (the Social Animal) is one of my favorites.
     

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