Lars Leetaru, from New York Times, January 17, 2011

In this article about the effectiveness of traditional psychotherapy, Richard Friedman, M.D. notes that while insights can create “aha” moments because they provide a coherent narrative about your life, they rarely lead to real change. In fact, if that narrative is a destructive one – I am a depressed person… I am a victim… I am always trying to get my mother’s approval… – it can reinforce the same patterned behaviors that may have led to therapy in the first place.

Friedman notes that, as a psychiatrist, “I am pretty good at treating clinical misery with drugs and therapy, but that bringing about happiness is a stretch.”

To find happiness, we must create a new narrative for our lives, and that means telling a new story, not just understanding the old one.

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