If I Feel Good, Am I a Good Person?

Bad logic alert!

In Feeling Good, David D. Burns asks the question, “If someone feels really good, does that mean they are a great person?”   The answer is obviously, no. So he makes the point that when we feel bad, it doesn’t follow that we are worthless or despicable, even though this is a thought process common in depression (that perpetuates the depressed state). He reminds us that human beings are not static, but ever changing and growing, so these labels (that depress us) defy logic.

If we change our thoughts, we can change our feelings. We don’t have to fall deeper and deeper into the darkness.

P.S. There are those who never wrestle with feelings of worthlessness. So glad of that. Yet, if you are one of those people, please remember that feeling better is not as easy for the rest of us.

(initially posted 2013)

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