Apathy is a problem for many of us being that we have a tendency to repress an innate personality which actually defines who we are in the physical world. Most of us have difficulty balancing our sense of wellbeing because our obligations toward society are unfortunately consuming who we are. With a consistent taskmaster attitude it can result in apathy – which is an emotion that takes us away from reaching our full potential.
Apathy is a state of suppression meaning that we may have an absence of passion within our personal lives. All of a sudden we may not take interest in anything because we are so caught up in our supposed 'duties.' By denying who we are and covering it up with responsibilities we will begin to experience apathetic feelings. It can be very difficult to acknowledge what has caused this state of being. By looking deeper within ourselves we can frame the cause of this emotion and eliminate the power that it has over our current health and behavior.
When Apathy becomes Unhealthy
Apathy begins to take control because you'll soon become disinterested in learning or exploring life. When you no longer practice hobbies or enjoy free time away from work life becomes a tedious cycle. Let's assume that you have a job that does not challenge you or allow you to express an innate creativity. The boredom that stems from this job can disengage you in discovering what you are capable of as a person and not only as an employee.
We often deny who we are to feel accepted and find ease in adapting to a new environment. It's common that we all say and do things that other people are pleased with because we'd rather feel normal than isolated from the majority. These adaptations can actually hide who we are and turn into cynical behavior.
Effects of Apathy on Other Relationships
Apathy is a form of avoidance that can affect the health of our personal relationships. Research shows us that if couples avoid dealing with their own problems and personal needs, the relationship will continue to worsen until the partners no longer hold a strong connection with each other. A prolonged apathy within ourselves can weaken the ability to repair a relationship as well. By expressing who you are with others and bringing your own identity to the table you can begin to initiate a new type of relationship with yourself and loved ones. This is especially important between two partners who should be able to express emotions and thoughts to each other.
Eliminating apathy will enhance your ability to connect and create meaningful bonds with people who are similar to you. By presenting who you really are you will attract others who are like-minded. This satisfies your own need to spend time with people that make you feel great about yourself. You'll also be able to relate to others on an intimate level. If we don't learn how to eliminate apathy it can force us to spend time with groups of people in which we don't have similar wants or interests with. This will only make us repress our thought process which isolates and limits growth and personality. When we have to hide who we are to feel accepted it's going to cause symptoms like depression and identity issues. Identity issues can be caused by feeling one way but being obligated to feel another. By remembering that 'you are what you attract' and remaining honest with yourself, you have the potential to create an enjoyable and meaningful life with people who you like to spend time with.
How Therapy can Help
Apathy is a form of severe anxiety that can express an onset of depressive symptoms. In order to remove the burdensome emotions you can reach out to a counselor who will successfully show you how to eliminate the behavior and learn a new expression that is more beneficial toward you. It's important to deal with this feeling correctly so that it doesn't become increasingly worse. By first expressing yourself to a counselor you'll learn that recognizing the hidden self is one of the most effective ways to understand depressive symptoms. It's likely that you haven't been expressing who you are for awhile and it is taking the form of depression and boredom. By speaking to a therapist about the ordeal you'll learn that expressing yourself and doing what makes you happy is a way to get rid of apathy. Therapy helps you express your emotions by using guided counseling sessions. If who you are and what you feel has been set aside, therapy can bring out your hidden self. You'll soon recognize that you can be open about who you are with people around you which will motivate you to grow and feel satisfied with your current environment.
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