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April 4, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

Thursday thought – The Talking Cure

Sometimes you need to tackle the smaller things in order to confront the bigger things. Getting back to basics can help you to re-evaluate your life and think about which direction you are going in with a clearer head but have you ever thought that it may work the other way round too?

I am a big fan of the talking cure and believe that whilst a problem shared is not necessarily always a problem halved great relief can come from feeling like someone understands the crazy workings of your mind. Sometimes I find that having a deep and meaningful conversation, the type that gives you the good kind of brainache, and pushing yourself to explore something new can make the smaller problems in your life appear suddenly simpler and irrelevant. If we work out a way to swim across the ocean then the river won’t seem like such a big deal anymore! Equally if we try to understand how our minds work on a higher level and explore the mysteries of the universe we might just gain the clarity needed to find the solution to why we have been thinking in a certain way or become caught on what feels like a one-way track to nowhere.

Not having the belief that we can change or move forward with anything for ourselves (our state of mind, our health, our job, our friendships to name a few) can hold us back from reaching a state in which we are happy and comfortable in our own skin. I often find that in having these conversations i find out how I feel half way through and gain new perspectives along the way. Hearing someone else’s opinion can open your eyes to new ways of seeing and help you to become a more open-minded person. It’s not about agreeing, it’s about having a chance to express yourself and being open to others doing the same thing.

I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by good people who are all intelligent in their own ways and who have helped me many a time by talking me through something and I like to think that I have given the same back to them.

If only my teachers could have seen why it was so important to me to talk then maybe they wouldn’t have written ‘talks a bit too much in class’ on so many of my school reports 😉

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