Sense of PurposePatient & Families
Our sense of purpose comes up notably in school. Teachers, parents, counselors, coaches, family, friends often ask:
“Do you know what you want to do?”
“Have you picked your major?”
“What are you going to do after you graduate?”
The questions can be exciting for those who have a sense of what their purpose is.
A lot of us take time to figure out what that is. This not knowing can cause fear, worry, self-doubt, anger, anxiety, depression, irritability, hopelessness. Overtime this can build up. We might respond to these pressures of “figuring it all out” by turning inward. Negative self-talk like “I’ll never be anything” or “It doesn’t matter” or “I’ll never make it” can wear on our self-esteem. Our external responses to these stressors may be noticeable in our relationships in areas such as anger, avoidance, and motivation. Sometimes our responses are even triggers to trauma experienced in our development.
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