The “what you are” myth: when labels become cancerous

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Why do some people buy into the reality of recovery and some people seemingly never do?  Some people see opportunity in the midst of the most severe suffering.  Some people only see the suffering.  Some people believe life is about learning and using what you learn to improve your  life and become more of the kind of person you want to be.  They believe that effort is important, that persistence counts, and that they can bounce back from the most difficult of circumstances.  They see hope and instruction in the lives of others.  They are open to often difficult feedback because they know that protecting where they are at keeps them from going where they want to go.

Other people see life as being about judgment and that the real world experience of a mental health diagnosis is the cruelest and meanest of judgments.  They view the distinction between “having…

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