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Reconnect with Your Authentic Self

Heart with keyIf you’ve read any of my other posts categorized under “Constructive Wallowing,” you’ll know how happy and excited I was to read the following post by Tim McAuley.

(It was reblogged by Mary Rogers on her blog, Bipolar Lessons, which is how I came across it.)

In this post, Tim takes on two pieces of common self-help wisdom, “You just have to be positive” and “Just fake it till you make it.”

Tim writes, “Before you can cultivate a positive mindset you must first honor where you are and the journey that brought you here.” He’s so right!

As you may know, I think positive thinking may be harmful to your health for the very reasons Tim gets into; it can separate you from your own experience, cutting you off from your authentic self.

Click on the following link to read Tim’s wonderful post:

Reconnect with Your Authentic Self Instead of Denying Your Feelings | Tiny Buddha.

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About Tina Gilbertson

Tina Gilbertson is a psychotherapist, speaker and author based in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in supporting parents of estranged adult children through therapy, consulting and other resources, and offers assertiveness training and executive coaching for organizations. The author of "Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them" and the "Guide for Parents of Estranged Adult Children," Tina is often featured in the media as an expert on communication and relationships. Her blog on PsychologyToday.com is called "Constructive Wallowing."
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0 Responses to "Reconnect with Your Authentic Self"

  • Sandy
    May 9, 2013 - 8:08 pm Reply

    The idea of “reconnecting” with my authentic self confuses me. Is there such a thing as never knowing who you were, to begin with?

    • Tina Gilbertson
      May 9, 2013 - 10:28 pm Reply

      I think so, Sandy. If we’re lucky, we get help with figuring out who we are when we’re small. If we’re *not* lucky, we’ve got to do it later. Thanks for your insight.

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