Thursday, January 29, 2009

Don't Blame Yourself

A noted psychoanalyst says people who are depressed over their economic situation in this faltering economy shouldn't be blaming themselves.

Dr. Michael Bader, my guest today on News Talk Online on, notes that many people believe that those who are in financial difficulty should pick themselves and start all over again. But he says, while that sounds good, the problem is that those who try, and are unsuccessful, then feel like personal failures. Picking one's self up, he says, "can take time."

Bader says many people have suffered huge losses. And to them, the situation is "very traumatic." Especially those of us who previously haven't had to worry about their financial situation.

He says that, adding to the sense of loss, is that, in our society, "people identify their jobs with their self esteem."

He says that, those who are suffering financially, must be given time to deal with it. Through anger, grief or depression. And the people around them should understand that they are going through many of the same stages as others who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which, he says, is now accepted as a legitimate condition.

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