Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Michael Friedman Ph.D.
When confronted with stereotypes and stigma, we have to be careful. We need to protect ourselves so we can experience our own true feelings and connect with our authentic selves.
When we are connected in with our true self, we are much more likely to be motivated to achieve what we want in life.
We need to change the conversation from being critical of mental illness and stigmatizing those who suffer into one where we are curious.
"Everyone is allowed to talk about mental health, everyone is allowed to struggle with mental health. And you don't have to have a degree in order to talk about it."
Lily Cornell Silver is helping us all challenge the stigma of mental illness and tear down one of the biggest barriers to efficacious treatment.
If we are surrounded by people who are there to support rather than judge, it becomes easier to have a grateful approach.
"We’ve been so manipulated into this whole thing, that our lives aren't good enough...everyone's yearning for this, sort of, slightly out of reach concept."
Rossdale discusses his approach to balancing more constructive rather than toxic judgment in his life and career.
As we await the results of the 2020 presidential election, many people in the U.S. certainly feel like they are in a desperate and frightening state of limbo.
No matter how human and wonderful our parents may be, they often are first and foremost one thing: authority figures.
How we resolve confrontation with our parents’ authority can have an impact on how we see ourselves, the world, and how we approach future conflict.
Depression can do more than impact our lives. It can change how we fundamentally see ourselves as people. It can undermine our identity.
For some of us, music is not simply an activity. It is a transformative narrative.
To a certain degree, many of us understand ourselves based on where we live and what music we love—and in some cases, both.
Happiness may be harmful not only by interfering with our engaging in healthier behavior, but also by interfering with our healing.
"There's a kind of life force that comes out of that … the darker side. And if you deny it, then it'll really take you down."
This is where artists like Rufus can be so powerful in helping people engage with, confront, and express negative emotions.
Why does this subculture seem to work when so many other things do not?
"There were a lot of people very scared about HIV...but also, being informed by this Moral Majority view that AIDS was God's punishment for homosexuality."
A musician puts the current sociopolitical moment into historical context.
Many concepts of mental health suggest that thoughts, behaviors, or emotions become problematic when they become too rigid or fixed.
There is often the misconception that if you struggle with agoraphobia, you must fear or hate people. But it’s not that simple.
We have an unfortunate societal tendency of talking about mental health in all-or-none terms.
"Many people, probably most, do not feel that their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and/or culture are well represented in a non-stereotypical way in the media."
“I hope you can obviously see why it is important for me to see queer people, black queer people on my TV. And I’m so happy that I am a black queer person on someone’s TV."
"I'm a Southerner...I'm also black...I'm also queer and I'm also non-binary. And I think all these cultures have contributed to every essence of my being."
The pressure and stress around recent elections have become so great that there is even a diagnosis: Election Stress Disorder.
"Computers can do everything. AI can do everything. But they really don't have an algorithm for the human emotion."
"You have to stay true to what floats your boat, then tune out the external noise and tune in to the cosmic noise that comes in on a daily basis."
Whether we like it or not, mental health issues are one of the factors that unite us.
Michael Friedman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in how social relationships influence mental and physical health.