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Q. Mental balance. What is it? What things characterize it? What does it consist of? A. Calmness of mind. A relaxed outlook on life. Self- confidence. Sureness of oneself. A good, healthy perspective on life. Understanding of life and ourselves. Being happy and comfortable with ourselves. A lack of fear and worry. Q. Mental imbalance. What is it? What things characterize it? What causes it? A. It is characterized by mental instability, confusion, unhappiness, mental disturbance, frustration, worry, panic, maladjustment, depression, mental hang-ups, obsessive behavior, neurotic tendencies, abnormal feelings and behavior. Some things that can lead into it are: - fear - insecurity - anger - lack of confidence - self-doubt - worry - anxiety - hostility - frustration - unrealistic personal goals, objectives, expectations Combinations of the above negative things can work together to create a vicious circle that pulls one down ever deeper and deeper into a mental abyss. Frustration, fear, anger and panic can create great mental stresses that can cause instability, maladjustment and abnormal feelings and behavior. Victims develop mental hang-ups by repeatedly, but futilely, trying to analyze their way out of their problems. They become so preoccupied with their problems that they lose perspective and balance (they become like a fly trying to get free of a spider's web). They become caught in negative thought and feeling patterns that pull them down. They find themselves all mentally confused. What kind of thing might the initial cause of such negative things as lack of confidence, self-doubt, insecurity, hostility and anger be? Well, some mental weakness, inability or handicap (such as "slowness"), if you allow it to bother you and dwell on it, can do it. It can cause you to become defensive and to doubt yourself. We live in a competitive world and at an early age we start seeing ourselves in comparison with others. At an early age we start becoming aware of our defects and deficiencies. Our school system puts a great emphasis on ability, intelligence, IQ, etc., and people tend to value people according to their "intelligence". If we perceive that we come out looking poorly and if we accept society's values and outlook we can develop a negative opinion of ourselves. And if we see ourselves being subject to abuse, bias and discrimination it can easily make us angry and hostile. And we may feel insecure because we fear it will affect our ability to hold a job and make a living. Mar 2009 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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We are our habits
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