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I could have said ‘excuses’ or ‘misunderstandings’, the result is the same. Any therapist is familiar with the common misconceptions that keep people from finding out what could help them. Like any misconceptions or judgements, they serve as a shorthand to save us looking further.

If you have ever given half a thought to getting professional help with something that is affecting your wellbeing, only to find the idea immediately quashed by some thought or other (or some ‘friend’ or other), remember that problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.

In other words, you sometimes have to take a chance on what you want to do without allowing the internal censor to hijack the idea.

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