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Achievement, Depression and Frustration

We’re all, pretty much, geared to achieve. It is a function of our biggest inspirational drives within. It’s no surprise, then, to locate that as we assume when we don’t achieve, stress rapidly arises. And if this frustration is not dealt with, a grief process – involving frustration and/or ultimately depression – could also result.There are so many cases in our time of people succumbing to times of burnout-induced depression. If we stay long enough with the feeling of a lack of success, learned helplessness has to function as the rational end point.LIMITATIONS OF THE CONSCIOUS MINDPart of our everyday disappointment involves coping with limitations of the conscious mind.When there are so many thought-balls being juggled in the air at the same time – and we have used to assume an advanced of efficiency, to ensure success, at all times – we’re asking for trouble:MAXIMAL INPUT + HIGH EXPECTATION = INCREASED PRESSUREThe above scenario is typical of how we often push ourselves too hard and too far. Think about the mind having only eight informed thinking compartments with which to contain pieces of information – out of which organized thoughts are carried forth.Consider also that 2 or 3 pieces of information might already live there, leaving even less space for brief thinking.ETERNAL LIMITATIONS OF TIMEAdd to this, again, probably the most limited influence over us all: time. It is easy to observe a lack of time brings distress:INCREASED PRESSURE + LIMITED TIME = DISTRESSWith several points on our minds – which in real terms is just several – and time already against us, we’ll soon begin to feel not achievement, but the hardship of frustration.If we get into a pattern of thought disappointment – repetitively, after all – anger is the likely initial result, which without recourse to progress is most likely to lead to depressed feelings because of the character of our perceptions – sadness because of an of achievement.THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPECTATIONS IN ACHIEVEMENTIf we look at this issue rationally, we know we can neither control the potential of our conscious minds, or can we drum up more time.We have to look rather at the expectations we place on ourselves and, just as significantly, the expectations others have of us. We need to be more realistic.We can achieve, but only if we know what is inside our capacities.When we acknowledge our drives, and we are disciplined enough to align our objectives to these capabilities, we’ll quickly guard against the frustrations that stem from our very own drivenness.We’ll grasp saying no to ourselves and saying no to others.We’ll get more control over our lives, because we decide beforehand what we can achieve, and this really is enough for all of us. The end result may well be more peace and contentment, and we never are never willed by less danger for anger and depression.God into frustration. Just our wills take us there.A 2011 S. J. Wickham.

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