January 20, 2011
It's Not Me....It's You! How our perceptions relate to our health?
Perceptions are kinda like those crazy upside-down glasses; they tend to influence how we see the world and can be totally different than next guy. Change your perceptions (like you would those glasses) and you change the way you react and live in the world. How we view the world (and the events in our lives) is a product of our upbringing, life experiences, spiritual beliefs, and other attitudes we pick up along the way (every been dumped by an jerkstore and you will know what I mean). If you are wondering the earth believing that everything happens for a reason, you may experience life's bumps with a little more positivity (is that a word) than someone who feels that life isn't fair and there is no reason for the bad things in life.
Those who have studied psychology may remember the term "locus of control". Those with a higher locus of control are those who assume the responsibility for their lives (and health); those with a lower locus of control will report that everyone else is at fault for their shortcomings and/or challenges. Therefore, if I'm in the office with someone who is reporting that their husband and kids are to blame for their weight gain, I know their readiness for change may be still hovering around the "contemplation" stage. In other words, they are obviously thinking about change (or they wouldn't be in my office) but to take action would mean a shift in responsibility to themselves...something they are clearly not ready for.
I find this subject fascinating and very true as I continually hear comments of blame from people who are wanting to create a better life for themselves. Comments like, "I've come to the conclusion that everyone else has the problem...it's not me!" or "My boss is making my life totally miserable!". While it's true that people will create challenges for us, our perceptions of those challenges definitely have an impact on our health. If you welcome every challenge (and every challenging person) into your life to serve as learning experience, you will rock this life. I highly recommend it.
That's all I got today. Now I want to find the website that sells those crazy glasses and try this experiment myself.......