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How To Tell If You Have Too Much Meaning?

In politics or in your personal life, you may feel powerless, or there may be situations which are not in your control but you would still get anxious and wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it. This shows an excess in meaning because if you genuinely didn’t feel the situation was significant you wouldn’t worry about it. 

In the intellectual context, if your ideas and reasoning of the world is rigid you will get stuck when you encounter situations that fail to make sense for you.

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  • Dereflection: Helping someone focus away from themselves and toward other people, so they spend less time being self-absorbed.
  • Paradoxical intention: This technique involves wishing for the thing that is feared most. For example, a person with a fear of looking foolish might be encouraged to look foolish on purpose.
  • Socratic dialogue: This tool is used to help a patient through self-discovery using his or her own words.

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Finding purpose is not just an intellectual pursuit, it is something we need to feel. That's why purpose can grow out of suffering.

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