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Wars against Cultural Mormonism: “Positivism”

I’ve figured something important out last week.

I don’t have to “focus on the positive” or “only think happy thoughts” or “scatter sunshine” in order to be a good Mormon (or Christian ftm). In fact, in my experience, hearing those phrases are often something that “causes” unhappiness.

The fact is, one doesn’t have to ignore the bad and “focus on the positive.” But one also doesn’t have to ignore the good and “focus on the negative.” This life has both. If life is giving you mostly “bad” things, the healthiest thing is to recognize that fact. But forcing a positive or negative outlook is an unnatural and unhealthy action.

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September 21, 2009 - Posted by | Religion

3 Comments »

  1. Reminds me of President Packers quote:

    “It was meant to be that life would be a challenge. To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal.

    Teach our members that if they have a good, miserable day once in a while, or several in a row, to stand steady and face them. Things will straighten out.

    There is great purpose in our struggle in life.”

    Comment by Clean Cut | September 22, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for the great quote, Clean Cut.

      Comment by psychochemiker | September 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. I think that’s in insightful comment. Many people are led to anxiety and even depression because they get so hard on themselves thinking they “should” be a certain way.

    I wrote a post about overcoming anxiety a year or so ago and in that post one of the references I used was Lucinda Bassett’s Midwest Center program. In part of that program, she advises us not to “should” on ourselves. Very good advice.

    Comment by ama | October 17, 2009 | Reply


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