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My training in psychology, with its almost exclusive focus on pain, is a very common story.
What you focus on most often becomes familiar, and what is familiar feels real to you. — Robert Holden, Ph.D.
It also reflects a tendency in our society to focus on negatives. Doctors, for instance, study illness, not health. Business leaders analyze failure, not success. Economists study cost, not value. Philosophers mostly debate original sin, not original blessing. Christians talk endlessly about crucifixion, not resurrection. Mental health organizations publish books on “Understanding Depression,” “Understanding Stress,” and “Understanding Bereavement,” but not on “Understanding Joy” and “Understanding Love.” Continue Reading