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.
Text of full article can be found at http://nyti.ms/fUqmN5.