Mental health problems an impact on individuals, jobs, organisations, and the people around us. They have a disastrous effect on our lives. Unfortunately, they are all too common, with depression being at the forefront.
However, positive psychology’s biggest therapeutic achievement is in combating depression.
People who suffer from depression try and find a way to keep going, and that takes enormous courage and fortitude. Readers who have been there can appreciate how much grit that demands and how admirable it is. Seligman calls it ‘living heroically’.
So here’s a powerful reframe for you: I’m not depressed, I’m a hero
This need not be a career negative thing. The good news is that studies have shown positive psychology based interventions cure depression in 94% of cases. Here are my ten top tips, all evidence based:
This works because it counters learned helplessness, a major cause of depression.
When you recover, congratulate yourself and celebrate. But be ready with a resilient response if it comes back after a while. If it comes back, it alright, you can beat it again. You are the master here. You are the hero.
Inspirational business psychologist Graham Keen is CEO of New Impetus International Ltd, an independent company with bases in Cheshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Copenhagen. He founded the company in 2000 to create and deliver services solidly based on hard evidence. The firm now works with 140 clients worldwide, including many household names, mostly in the UK, Continental Europe, and a bit in the USA and Middle East.
An Oxford University Engineering Science graduate, Graham trained in positive psychology with Prof Martin Seligman in 2003, which taken together with his earlier experience as plc CFO and corporate finance practitioner, brings a unique view of business.
Graham is an energising tutor and speaker. He is warm but direct, passionate, and occasionally hilarious. He has the knack of telling surprising and uncomfortable truths in a way that inspires acceptance and ignites action.
He has a 20 year track record of winning even reluctant people’s buy-in to change, and consistently improving patterns of organisational behaviour.
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