I do not hear what they say to me, I hear voices that others do not hear. Strangely indifferent to what can not worry, I react violently to the fact that normal people do not hurt at all.
At the same time, we found out that the psyche and the soul are not the same thing, the soul and the psyche are different things. And then the question arises - can we talk about mental health, in contrast to mental health, and what is mental health?
Unfortunately, in the psychological literature of clear definitions to this concept we have not found, therefore we should construct the maintenance of this concept independently. Let the answers tell us life and practice.
In the beloved though children, even adults, the cartoon "Winnie the Pooh and All-All-All" has two characters that you really want to compare - it’s Donkey Eeyore and Winnie the Pooh himself. With the psyche of Donkey Eeyore, everything is in order, it is quite adequate. But the soul of Donkey - it hurts ... He is an unhappy Victim, helpless in the face of a large and hostile world. Savior can not help him ... But Winnie the Pooh, although sometimes he sings strange songs, «I’m a gray cloud, I’m not a bear!", Which allows him to doubt his mental status, while the embodiment of mental health: the soul does not hurt, the world is beautiful, honey is attractive, all friends.
And then we can put forward the assumption that the most adequate indicator of mental health is the scale of emotional tones. On the scale of emotional tones, mental ill health at the level of the World is terrible - the world is hostile, mental health - the level The world is good - the world is beautiful. The world is ordinary - between mental health and ill health.
Mental health is a state where the soul is open to people and the world, is cheerful and joyful, does not suffer from pain and does not suffer from hostility. A spiritually healthy person is adequate, positive and benevolent. He is inclined to a positive worldview, it is characterized by ease of entry into the positive and the difficulty of falling out of the positive. He lives in a high emotional tone, he likes a reasonable level of life tension, the vital world for him is beautiful and beloved.
Opposite to mental health is an unstable, low or directly bad mood, ease of falling into a negative and the difficulty of getting out of the negative. Insults, fears, irritation, fatigue, inability to endure life stress ... Low emotional tone, hostility, lack of interest in life are signs of a weakening of mental health. Depression, anger or apathy - already apparent mental ill health.
With this understanding, the term "mental health" describes the obvious and important moments of our lives, while differing from the existing term "mental health".
It seems clear that with normal preservation of the psyche, with complete mental adequacy a person can be mentally ill. Neurosis is not an indicator of a mental illness.
My soul hurts, life does not please, I do not want to live. For many people this is a long-term norm of life.
Maybe the other way round: mental health, cheerfulness with some mental inadequacy.
On the other hand, mental and mental health are not isolated from each other, they influence one another in an understandable way.
Indeed, when the soul hurts, when the attention revolves around the past, when the person is tense, on the platoon and annoyed - of course, he is less focused and sometimes just not adequate: he can fall on those who just happened to be with him. Call it a mental illness - there are no grounds, nevertheless, mental ill health begins to manifest itself in the moments of mental disorders.
How mental disorders and illness affect mental health is a separate and special issue, now it goes beyond our interests.
Happiness is the beauty in the soul house.
To make living happy is to bring beauty to your inner house, the house of your soul. If there is a heavy mess in the house, there is no elementary order, then the task of establishing beauty is not timely. Put your order in your soul first, gentlemen, and afterwards think about beauty - about happiness! Order in the house of the soul is mental health. I hope that in your home, in any case, the roof is in place - if the roof is sliding down and there is no soil underfoot, it is said about the violation of mental health already. See →