Are you blaming current mental health struggles on one big past event?
11 Apr 2021
Published in: Member News
Negative past experiences can often hold us back. But by looking for a reason why or blaming your past can sometimes stop us from moving forward too
If you’re struggling with your mental health and mindset, you might be taking steps to try and understand why. A journey of discovery, therapy of any kind often involves looking back a little to enable walking forward — looking at memories and belief formation.
Key memories that impact mental health aren’t always traumatic, terrifying, and horrible, though. Memories and beliefs can sometimes be quiet and small, and there are often multiple events that contribute to a mindset. As a qualified Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, people often come to me with a deep need to find one big event causing mental health struggles — often called a root cause.
Can seeking out a single root cause stem mental wellness? What is a root cause?
A root cause is the ‘basic cause of something’, and when applied to mental health, it’s used to identify where a change in thinking might have occurred.
Is there such a thing as a single root cause?
There is rarely a single root cause, no. The brain is extraordinarily complex, and often mental wellness is gained by looking at many different moments, memories, beliefs, and events. The dangers associated with searching for a single root cause Although looking for a single root cause is understandable, it can often lead to unnecessary anxiety — stemming the healing process.
As humans, we can sometimes seek to associate blame where pain is concerned; this is perhaps why we look to connect pain with a single event. Unfortunately, it is rarely one single event, which can make you feel frustrated. By focussing your energy on the journey and acknowledging that the brain draws from multiple sources, you open yourself to truly heal or begin to move forward.
Limiting beliefs versus root cause A limiting belief is when you believe something that limits you from moving forward or being the person you want to be. Unlike root cause, which is one or more events, limiting belief is the conversation we have in our head, such as ‘I can’t’, ‘I’m not good enough’, and ‘I’ll fail’, for example.
How changing your limiting beliefs change your life When you change your limiting beliefs, you change the conversation and the connection. It works by looking at your belief systems in the past and now, identifying them as still true or not, and delinking any negative thoughts. Take care, Lisa Tighe.
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