I always begin writing each post with the same premise in mind, “bipolar is as individual as the people that suffer from it”. I write mostly about somewhere to start in growing and healing. I write about how to resume our connection with our authentic selves. I write from the perspective of someone who suffers from bipolar disorder, not as an expert. I share the knowledge I have gained in the hopes it may help you.
Having bipolar means a lot of things but understanding having bipolar makes us ego-driven can give us something to watch for and try to correct.
We all think of egotists as those prideful, boastful people and as bipolar sufferers, we have nothing to be prideful or boastful about so we cannot be ego-driven. The truth is our egos explode when we are afraid, feel less than and unworthy. Our ego pops out in subtle ways that make us think that can’t be ego, but it is. Our ego pops out to hide the emotions we feel like a protector in a sick way. Our ego keeps us from learning what normal human emotions really mean and how to handle them so that we can become the person we were meant to be. Our ego does more to separate us from our true self than anything. The fact is anyone connected with their true self has no ego as they don’t need the protection ego provides.
These are the signs you are ego-driven:
Are you afraid to be alone?
Are you defensive?
Are you insecure and doubt yourself?
Are you obsessed with you and your life’s outward appearance?
Are you constantly seeking outside approval?
Are you easily offended by criticism?
Are you arrogant or become arrogant when you feel better than others?
Do you worry about what others think of you?
Do you seek revenge on those that hurt you?
Do you only hang out with like-minded people or people that agree with you?
Do you constantly apologize?
Do you always have to be right or get in the last word?
Do you have to be better than others?
Do you always have to prove yourself?
Do you talk about others (gossiping)?
Do you point out the flaws in others?
Do you bully and intimidate others?
All these manifestations of ego stand in the way of learning to love ourselves and connecting with our true selves.
‘To love yourself, you must be yourself. To be yourself you must believe in yourself.” Ed Mylett.
As we conclude this week’s blog post always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our battle is with our illness not with other people, places, situations or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our minds
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work hard on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog written by someone else that I found interesting that may inform you as well. This is another author’s work I am just attaching their blog for you. I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by Kenna McKinnon.