Feeling Like you Don’t Belong

Feeling Like you Don’t Belong

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Feeling like you don't belong is a way of life for some of us. There are many names for it and many feelings that go along with feeling like you don't belong. OutcastImpostor (Impostor Syndrome)PhonyFraudLonerMisfitDisconnectedSocial Anxiety At the heart of all these labels and issues is feeling like you don't belong. But how can this even happen? How can someone who clearly belongs to the human race end up feeling like s/he does NOT? One answer: childhood emotional neglect. When you're raised by emotionally neglectful parents (who were raised by emotionally neglectful parents - don't forget): Feelings are never validated. Thoughts are not taken seriously.Actions are not met with understanding.No one is curious about who you are.Nobody takes the time to understand you. Under the above circumstances, you end up…
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A Dialogue with the Part of Me that Wants to Die

A Dialogue with the Part of Me that Wants to Die

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In the spirit of the Ancient Egyptian text that features a conversation between a suicidal man and his soul, I'm going to interview the part of me that wants to die. I am not suicidal. I've never attempted suicide or been tempted to attempt. Yet, many years ago, I broke down in tears when someone asked me to identify a meaningful song from childhood. For me, that song was Puff, the Magic Dragon. When I thought of the lyrics that explained that the boy in the song, Jackie Paper, grew up and Puff was devastated when he stopped coming to their meeting place. For some reason, I wept and wept when I thought of the friendship between this boy and his magical dragon ending. And I wanted to die. I…
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10 Journaling Prompts for Mental Health that Inspire Healing

10 Journaling Prompts for Mental Health that Inspire Healing

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You can listen to the audio version of this article, too! The 10 journaling prompts for mental health on this page come from a different place. It's not about your diagnosis or how to cope. These journaling prompts for mental health contain the empowering assumptions. More than any response you might give, the prompts send your mind in certain directions that are healthy. Pollyanna? No. Your life is made of your personal paradigms. How you see the world is how the world is (to you). The mental health system's paradigm is the disease model, which says.... Something's wrong with your brain. It can't be fixed. Hopefully, we can manage it. For some people, the disease model might be the best option. Hoping to recover and improve your life might only…
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