Have you noticed the increase in demand for fields such as counselling, coaching and mentoring over the last few decades? There is something highly beneficial about talking with someone else about what is going on in your life, especially what is happening on the inside of you.
It is sometimes referred to as “externalisation.”
The story is told of Einstein going for a walk with a friend. At the time, he was struggling with a problem he couldn’t solve. In the process of telling his friend about it, he ended up getting an idea about how to fix his situation so he ended up heading home, exhilarated by the conversation.
Sometimes the very process of talking about our challenges can be part of us overcoming them … or at the very least surviving them. It might be through literally talking to ourselves, or writing our thoughts in a journal then reading them over, or talking to a professional. That act, in of itself, can be therapeutic and even enlightening.
Is there something you need to talk out? Find a safe person and share what’s happening inside of you. I think you’ll be glad you did.
Externalisation … think about it. This is Mark Conner