Changing your life starts with naming your experiences

by | September 23, 2019

Changing your life starts with naming your experiences.
To change and grow we must become aware of what’s happening within us.

We can’t heal our problems if we’re unconsciously possessed by our thoughts, feelings, and moods; we must step outside of them and observe ourself.

This gives us the possibility of intervening in a way that can create change.

Practice this daily:

Consciously notice what you feel and think, and name these experiences.

“Anger is present.”

“Hurt is here.”

“I see you, anxiety.”

“Depression is happening.”

“Fear and worry are here.”

Don’t identify with your problem, identify with your AWARENESS of it—the part of you that can observe and label it.

Look at yourself from the outside. Be a detached silent witness and name the feelings, thoughts, and states of mind that move through you.

But don’t interpret them—“It’s my mental illness,” “It’s my childhood trauma,” “It’s because I’m a bad person,” etc. Simply name what’s happening—“Hopeless,” “scared,” “frustrated,” etc.

By doing so, you’ll attain the objectivity you need to process your problem instead of being caught in a subjective swirl of energy and emotion.

To learn methods for using this inner objective observer to process and transform your issues, listen to the Dr. Zwig Show.

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Meet Dr. Adam Zwig—psychologist, musician, podcaster, author, and educator. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology, has had 9 Top Ten hit singles on the U.S Adult Contemporary charts, and is an internationally renowned workshop leader and lecturer. He has been featured on Billboard, SiriusXM Radio, CBS Radio, and many other stations, and in People Magazine, SPIN, Pollstar, and many other publications. Dr. Zwig has released 7 albums, and his music can be heard on National TV, including NBC, Fox, and Fuel TV. He has more than 160 million views on YouTube, over half a million social media followers, and has scored in the top 10% of rock artists streamed on Spotify in 2022. His forthcoming book, Your Problem Is Your Teacher, shows how life problems are not pathological but rather personal growth processes trying to happen. His podcast, The Dr. Zwig Show, posts new episodes every Wednesday.

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