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Moods, ego, and personal development decisions March 17, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Ego Management, Fear and Anxiety.
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In our ongoing effort to develop our personal growth potential, our ego and its periodic bad moods can sometimes have a negative effect on decisions we make.

This can happen when for some reason we are feeling “down” or in a depressed mood (for whatever reason), when we are feeling physically unwell, or when we are overly fatigued.

In such cases we need to realize that managing the ego is important from the perspective of recognizing that we are in fact, actually only “in a bad mood” with all its attendant and non-realty-based negative perceptions and feelings. At such times, we can make poor decisions based on this negativity.

Dr. Richard Carlson, a consultant on stress and happiness, explains that when we “are in a bad mood, life looks unbearably serious and difficult.” He reminds us, however, that moods are fleeting; moods (good and bad) are “always on the run”, so to speak.

And he cautions, making important decisions about our lives at such times, when everything looks bleak, can be disastrous, because our perceptions of actual reality can be negatively influenced.

“When you’re in an ill mood, learn to pass it off simply as that: an unavoidable human condition that will pass with time, if you leave it alone. A low mood is not the time to analyze your life. To do so is emotional suicide. If you have a legitimate problem, it will still be there when your state of mind improves,” Carlson says.

When our state of mind improves, we are able to handle problems more effectively and positively.

 

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