These difficulties present like mild depression or mental or emotional exhaustion.
Often people experience a loss of focus and low motivation and general apathy toward specific or general aims. The mind loses resilience and spontaneity; life seems to close in and become humdrum. Important pursuits may feel less meaningful and former life purposes become empty. This can easily progress to aimlessness and depression.
In these cases, symptoms of unrelenting pressure may have been ignored, suppressed or rationalised over a long period; the effects may emerge through gradual degradation or rapid mental or emotional collapse - commonly described as burnout.
These difficulties arise in two broad ways. Working and /or playing too hard is common where people drive and strive relentlessly. They often give cogent reasons for the behaviour; true motivations which bring about this self-damage are often unconscious.
ME - an extreme form of this condition - is often preceded by extreme perfectionist expectations and motivation - often directed toward self and others.
Alternatively the difficulty may arise from immersion in empty or unrewarding situations which have worked against one’s true nature over period.
As limits are reached, there may be bouts of apathy or low motivation with a sense of being aimless or empty. Those in creatively demanding occupations may succumb to conditions like writers block or creative block where the mind loses flexibility and capacity for energetic application.
Cognitive Behavioural Analysis can be useful to identify subversive patterns. Ericksonian Hypnosis & Psychotherapy can be a vital resource in re-building capability - re-connecting mental energies and resources in a more constructive way.
The longer-standing the difficulty, the more extensive the re-construction. Re-structured activity is designed to re-connect lost energies and to re-harmonise life patterns. New ways of operating increase energy with a proper respect for natural limits.
Frequently it is necessary to escape from damaging behaviour patterns or subversive beliefs acquired in earlier life. Ericksonian approaches work in a creative way with these difficulties - and are generally very acceptable to those with imaginative dispositions.
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Keith Bibby - Bsc(Hons) Dip EHL/NLP ECP UKCP