It is in this spirit I'd like to share with you this hopeful, and successful "emotional health" treatment method, so simple in its application that many of us have come to realize its power through both adverse and positive experiences in our lives thus far. What is it? It's not a pill, a thought process or an exercise, really. It's something we do every day, but increasingly less and less so in the most basic and cathartic way we have for centuries. That is, surrounding ourselves with family, friends, and peers, just talking. And listening. Yep, that's it. A great many of our fellow humans are dying for it, but they are marginalized and "othered" by their inability to engage in a fashion we deem normal. Usually, though, it's not that extreme, almost every one of us requires this most basic human gift throughout our days, weeks and years. And the fallout from a lack of it has resulted in a backlash, an epidemic in personal dissatisfaction (despite our untold comforts), depression, anxiety, and discontent. The trend is extending itself to ever younger people. I urge you to work daily and diligently to continue to incorporate this art form daily in your lives--especially with your kids--or to bring it back to your routine. The benefits of management of our social muscle and the medicinal value of close personal relationships and meaningful conversation are only now being re-realized and finally acknowledged as the single greatest natural ability we possess and require to stave off discontentment, "mental illness" and often insatiable search for meaning. As with most truths, sometimes we've had the answer within us all the while.
And if you have interest in reading more, particularly about a healing communication model, wonderfully successful on a large scale, read on. If not, you've been re-introduced to the transformative, empirically proven human art form within each and every one of us.
The following is borrowed from Dr. Neel Burton's piece in Psychology Today back in 2015. The movement itself dates back to 1980. It's quite simple really. If we take the time to return to our basic emotional intelligence and listen to one another to bring back the art of real live conversation rather than our growing avoidance of it with new technologies which are "saving us time," or "making things easier or clearer" we will help ourselves once again, authentically help ourselves.