Thursday, March 1, 2012

Good Intentions vs Reality

I have found that no matter how good my intentions are I always seem to go through phases where I don't write in my blog, I don't use my journal and I put aside my healing time. Its not that I dont want to heal, or I am even trying to run away. It is simply that I am too caught up in day to day stress that I dont have the energy for me.

I discussed this with Margaret (my psychologist) today and started talking about "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs". For those of you who don't know about Maslow, he was an American Psychologist and the Hierarchy of Needs is one of his more well known theories which he published in 1943.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
(picture from here)

Maslow's theory suggests that the most basic level of needs (the bottom tier of the pyramid) must be met before the individual will strongly desire (or focus motivation upon) the secondary or higher level needs. In my case, I have been very stressed lately about money and my health and haven't had the energy to focus on healing.

My talk with Margaret made me feel that it is okay to give myself a break from healing and to focus on daily stresses when I need to. Despite that I do still need to spend some time for me and feeling better and this blog is part of that and with that in mind I am going to try to put aside time each week for me to focus on me and my healing journey.

** Information on Maslow's Hierarcy of Needs is from Wikipedia


Evan said...

Personally I don't like our needs organised into a static hierarchy. Sometimes people die from lack of meaning rather than lack of food. But I suppose this is quibbling.

Great to hear that you can give yourself a break and just focus on what is important to you at the time.

MultipleMe said...

I dont think any theory is full proof and because everyone is different a theory can never cover everyone - there are exceptions to any rule. But I do think that there is something to Maslow's hierarchy.

Thanks for the encouragement - its nice to have readers who understand that I cant always keep up with the blog

MultiMe said...

Welcome back!

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