I really thought about how people say “They’re bipolar” as opposed to “They have bipolar” and came up with the idea for this piece. Bipolar disorder is something that people suffer from, not who they are as a person. I feel like it’s better to say it’s something people have rather than something they are, as it’s not a trait but an illness.
If you have Bipolar or any other Mental Illness, do you let it define who you are or is it something you have?
Here’s a list and some links to discover YOUR identity.
- Know yourself. Non-judgemental self knowledge is a hugely important skill to help you define yourself. You need to understand or be aware of what makes you tick and what your thought processes are before you can define who you are as a person.
- Identify your core values. You don’t want to define yourself based on the world around you. You need to base your self-definition on core values that are yours. If you can do this, you’ll have a better chance of having a stable self-definition.
- Define yourself in positive ways. This doesn’t mean that you don’t acknowledge the negative events and actions that have happened in your life. They are as much a part of you as the positive, but they do not define you.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.