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September 27, 2000
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Here's an article form the APA I copeid for you!

'Learned Optimism' Yields Health Benefits

People who learn to maintain an optimistic attitude may not only avoid depression, they may actually improve their physical health, according to a controlled study by the University of Pennsylvania's Martin Seligman, PhD, and Gregory Buchanan, PhD.

The study shows that university freshmen who participated in a workshop on cognitive coping skills reported fewer adverse physical problems and took a more active role in maintaining their health. In the study, incoming freshmen were asked to complete a questionnaire designed to reflect their overall attitudes and coping behaviors.

Seligman and Buchanan invited those students identified as the most pessimistic to participate in the study. Students were randomly assigned to attend either the 16­hour workshop or a control group, Seligman said. Workshop participants learned to dispute their chronic negative thoughts as well as learned social and work skills that can help avert depression, he said.

After an 18­month follow­up, the preliminary findings showed that 22 percent of the workshop participants had suffered moderate or severe depression by blind clinical diagnosis, compared to 32 percent of the control group subjects, Seligman said.

Also, only 7 percent of the workshop participants suffered from a moderate or severe anxiety disorder, compared to 15 percent of the control group.

Workshop participants also reported fewer health problems during the course of the workshop, and were more likely than control subjects to see a physician for maintenance or checkup rather than wait until they became ill, Buchanan said. While the subjects were young and generally healthy, he specualted study could be replicated using older more vulnerable subjects.

September 27, 2000
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I don't know if you'll want to read it, but there' s book Martin Seligman wrote called "Learned Optimism".

He's of the opinion that people are influenced by family environment and learn optimism or pessimism. He's a renowned psychological theorist who I studied mainly in the context of social psychology, but he's a good practitioner and good, solid theorist. It has techniques on how to change your perspective for a more positive outlook on life to be healthier and happier. I though you might be interested....

Are you doing ok?

September 27, 2000
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cool. thanks cici! nice pleasure to know someone thought about me. let me read it.. hmm.

September 27, 2000
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I was going to suggest fake it till you make it, but reading will be good.

September 27, 2000
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fake it till u make it? i didnt get it .. ?

September 27, 2000
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How does the song go, smile though your heart is breaking, smiling changes the chemestry in the brain, and if you keep focus on the positive, some times it sticks, and there you are, positive because you have retrained the thought process.

September 28, 2000
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yes.. i do try to restrain my thoughts. is that why my hair is falling out? no seriously, my head IS under stress cause i'm always fighting myself. its aweful.

September 28, 2000
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learning optimism. so i should attend workshops then. well.. i dont feel like doing it. i wanna do it on my own for now. ok now i'm getting worried, u guys are giivng me attention. i wont be able to reciprocate. then i'll turn you off and u'll go away. so i'm already anticipating failure. well...yea optimism. what to do.

September 28, 2000
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i think i'm talking too much.
ok..

what used to happen before is that negative thoughts about myself would come in my mind and i would surrender to them. now what happens is that when it comes, there's another voice, it says 'NO' or if i'm worying too much about ppl for example i was'nt appearing good enough in public etc., then i'll say they (the ppl) can to to hell. before i used to regret myself why i behaved like i behaved and i would let it drown me. now atleast there's a fighting voice. still, there's the conflict because there are two voices saying different things!
sigh...

September 28, 2000
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I understand your reluctance to attend workshops. I mean, that's a HUGE step. Why not try just reading the book and see if you like his message?

It's like me with my chroinc disease, which has turned into a lot more than I ever thought I would have to deal with. No crying allowed now. I am so desparate for relief that I try anything, every single herbal supplement I run in to, every method of relief for this constant nausea nd pain I feel. I won't give up because if I do, I'll be bedridden and in a hospital like most of the othe rpeople with my disease. I won't give up because I don't have that option.

Don't you give up, either. I know you have the ability, the strength, the smarts, the wit. You have an uncanny ability at self-monitoring. I know you thinkit's a curse, but it's a blessing to know yourself. You just hav to learn to love what you see.

September 28, 2000
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when i'm in a good mood, sometimes i think i'm different from people. i feel if i recover, i'll be someone very strong, maybe i'l be a sort of leader in some way. someone undestructable, cruising. at those times i'll feel at top of the world. in bad times, i'll feel at the bottom of the pit, feeling even the most pathetic guy is better than me.
between i'm certainly not this expressive in verbal communication. i can only write these things. why. is that a defect in me that i cant express myself verbally. well it is i guess.

hey i'm going to look into group counseling in a few days, gonna interview for the group. lets see what happens. it seems very strange. is it gonna work and the question of confidentialily. i dont want the people i already know to know that i did group coulseing. they're gonna think i'm mad and then there will be more problems to deal with, on top of what is already there!
reading books... i'm tired of them. i have 2 nice books, but havent read them. i wanna try professional counseling first. gonna try that too in the next week, theres an appointent. sliding scale.

September 28, 2000
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When your sick and tired of feeling sick and tired you'll change. do you have a fear of success???? You know that your parents are miserable, and yet, gee what is guest_guest, is he miserable???? Are you becomming just exactly what you don't want, and look at the marriage propositions over a name, I hear your lonely, and want companionship, feel the fear, and do it any way.... No pain no gain, what do you really want and what are you willing to do for it??????? Gee what if I said your postings are cute, and yet cries for help?? Common Guest, notice the capitol, I think your worthy, why don't you?????? What tape that you play over and over serves you best?? Who hurt you, and why do you hide, go out and celebrate life. What is the absolute worst that can happen?????

September 28, 2000
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maraige prop. on the name, i was just kidding!! :).. i mean it was sounding funny, thats all.
fear of success? maybe yes. i'm afraid of coming down. being on the top might mean if i fall down, i'll have a bad fall. so i'll stay on the ground in case if i fall i wont hurt myself.

i dont know what i really want. i'm confused. i just want to be happy and get out of never-ending state of patheticness. sigh.. dont waste ur words on me. its no use, is it?

September 29, 2000
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No, I won't stop!!!

You have to recognize teh value in you. Too many people let these feelings just bottle up inside of themselves. They get bitter and shut themselves off from teh world.

You have to understand that living is by it's very nature a painful experience. But you have to embrace those painful experiences because those are what make you wise, those are what make you understand other people better, gives you compassion and understanding for others. When it hurts the most, you're learning the most.

Have you tried those fish oil capsules? It's supposed to help with depression adn bipolar mood disorder. People don't eat enough fish anyway. I have been taking them, one a day, and I do honestly feel better and less "off", you know?

September 29, 2000
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i just found a friend i thought i had lost her. she's come back. i feel funny! its nice to have her back.
fish oil capsules? are they expensive?
what do u mean by embracing the painful experiences?

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