Psychotherapists limit creative thinking by defining a set of thought patterns they call normal. People who think outside the box usually find themselves accused of being mentally unhealthy.
While working as a psychotherapist I chanced to witness a conversation between two colleagues. The woman shared that every time she needed new glasses when she went to the optometrist’s shop in the mall she found exactly the frames she wanted – on sale.
The male colleague told her to beware of magical thinking. The woman concurred that her thoughts might fall outside the realm defined as normal. She completely accepted the definition of the male without question.
In other words, she challenged her own belief system even though she consistently bought her new glasses on sale.
Since I worked extensively with clients labeled as chronically mentally ill I had the privilege of seeing how differently some people view and interpret the world than the majority of us. The problem, as I see it, is people who see differently get labeled as aberrant thinkers, people who have something wrong with them.
Who gets to be judge and jury on matters of mental health? Who says that some thinking processes are healthy while alternative thought processes are unhealthy?
What if the reason some people become dangers to themselves or to others has more to do with their non-acceptance of who they are and less to do with actual faulty wiring in their brains?
What if “crazy” people found life in the ho hum too boring or too hard to face and created their own alternative worlds to feel comfortable?
People do respond to thought patterns of those around them. They also respond to the huge thought forms that develop when millions of people share common beliefs.
That reality explains how dictators rise to power – they fulfill a need created by thought forms based on fear.
You control what you think. Your thoughts make your life happen the way you experience it.
Whose thoughts occupy your mind?