Self-Care Tip #238 – Think about your response to your own behaviors and emotions.
Bianca agreed with her husband. She was too depressed. She never wanted to go out and cried a lot. Perhaps she even deserved to be cheated on and abandoned because she was so unbearably dull.
We have discussed where behaviors and emotions come from – the brain. We have identified the brain as human material, matter, biological and as susceptible as anywhere else on the body to illness. In short, We could say at this point that Bianca is in a Major Depressive Disorder – a medical disease. There are many medical diseases secondary to design, behaviors or lack of behaviors. Or for other reasons. However, I don’t know many medically ill that when the spouse walks out on her, we say,
Well of course! She had cancer!
He lost his leg in a car accident, get someone else!
But throw in some aberrant emotions and behaviors for unacceptable time, and the escaping spouse is given running shoes as a gift from their concerned community.
How could he stand her! Of course he left. She wasn’t taking care of his needs.
You see the disparity and when written this way, it looks really ugly and I apologize. I’m not trying to thumb people for biases and prejudice. Both parties are hurt. I’m also not trying to say that this happens only in marriage. It happens in almost any setting. Emotions and behaviors are just not considered to be symptoms of disease.
Have you ever heard the term, “Women on women crime?” Well this is something like that. I’m thinking much of this will improve when we treat ourselves with more insight and understanding consistent with our biopsychosocial model. If we don’t do this first, who will. We aren’t responsible for how others treat us, but we are responsible at least for ourselves.
This is one more wonderful way of claiming our right to say, self-care starts and ends with Me!
Questions: How can we wrap our beliefs around this seemingly enigmous concept that when someone is crotchety, negative, irritable, inattentive or boring – it might not have been because they chose to be that way? How do you own if in yourself? Please tell me your story.
- Where to Find Your Council On Self-Care Outside of Yourself (friendtoyourself.com)
- Where Does Courage Come From? (friendtoyourself.com)
- Moralizing Behaviors and Emotions (friendtoyourself.com)
- Number One Reason For Relapse In Mental Illness (friendtoyourself.com)