Monday, April 16, 2007

Epic solutions to trivial problems

This obituary of renowned therapist Paul Watzlawick, who died on March 31, summarizes some of the man's highly ponderable philosophies. For instance:

  • People create their own misery by trying to force epic, self-defeating solutions to trivial problems of the ego. (Translation: Stop trying to fix it and just deal with it; don't ruin yourself over pride.)

  • Individuals can't go it alone; the key to well-being is found in communication. (Translation: You have to learn how to talk to people without making yourself upset.)

  • Too much thinking about a problem can lead to paralysis. The centipede couldn't walk after the cockroach asked him what was the secret of moving all those legs so elegantly.

Heavy stuff.

—Mellow Monk

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