The following comes from Gregg Krech’s
A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness.
Myth I. You need to get in touch with feelings you don’t know you have.
Myth II. It is important to examine the ways you have been hurt or mistreated in the past.
Myth III. You need to understand why you do what you do in order to change what you do.
Myth IV. Expressing your feelings is a way to release or get rid of them.
Myth V. It is necessary to acquire self-esteem or confidence before you can take action or change how you are living.
Myth VI. You can control your feelings directly by your will
Myth VII. All medications approved by the FDA are safe.
There are assumptions in mental health treatment that are accepted as truth, so they are no longer questioned or investigated. The result is that we pursue strategies and methods which are not always helpful. For example, there’s a widely held view that expressing feelings, like anger, is a way for us to release or get rid of them. When I studied with Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen Master, he suggested that expressing our feelings was more like “rehearsing” them. So the more we express anger, the better we get at expressing anger. Rather than “releasing” feelings, we develop the habit of expressing them. Perhaps, then, this would be true for loving feelings — a habit we might want to cultivate. I encourage you to approach these assumptions with an inquiring mind. Discover, for yourself, a path of knowledge which separates myth from truth. – Gregg Krech
“If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional approach to western psychotherapy, this book is for you.”
– Dan Millman (author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior)