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A little less than a happy high
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wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 24th, 2002 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

More evidence of your brilliance

You've discovered the "behavioral" in "cognitive-behavioral therapy:"

"Additionally, having a kind of structure imposed on my time has me beginning to appreciate S. Benedict’s ideas behind a strictly ordered day. The Big D just has far less of a chance to take hold."

This statement is a perfect expression of why psychologists try to get depressed people "behaviorally activated." When dealing with someone who is doing practically nothing all day, the first step is to try to impose the most basic structure onto their life. I'm blanking on the official term for it, but it's really just giving them a schedule. Getting a person to do something and realize that they are doing something, even something as simple as making breakfast or washing the dishes, often leads to them being in a better mood.

I'm glad, too, that you're finding your time house-sitting now to be more comfortable than it was when you first started.

You need a puppy. Would Jaime let you have one?

komos From: komos Date: July 25th, 2002 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: More evidence of your brilliance

1) You'd think I'd be able to figure things out sometime before the middle of my 33rd year. I read The Rule of Saint Benedict when I was 18, so have had plenty of time to synthesize a way of thinking about it. Is it brilliant? I seriously doubt it.

2) Just as I'm getting my groove, I have to think about packing up and going back. At home, I still have to deal with my train-wreck of a mess and have another person in the mix.

3) I have no idea. I'd guess no, but I've not asked him. I also don't know that I'm at a point where I could afford a dog yet. Once I've paid you and your folks back, I might consider it.
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