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This could be why you're depressed or anxious | Johann Hari
Length - 20:31
Key takeaways -
We are the loneliest society in human history. In a recent study, 39% of us felt like they were no longer close to someone
If you are depressed you are not weak, not crazy, you are a human being with unmet needs
Whilst medication can be very useful we need to start talking less about chemical imbalances and more about the way in which we live.
One cause of depression is that we are the first humans to disband our tribes, we evolved and survived as a species because we are used to living and working in close proximity to other humans
Modern society means we can live without any interaction and bypass our psychological needs which cause depression
A solution to this problem is getting out and forming new tribes, whether this is joining a book club, taking up gardening or just talking regularly to friends and family.
The second cause is that junk values have taken over our minds. We have been taught that money, status, wealth and Instagram likes will equal happiness when this is wrong.
The solution to this is to think and discuss about moments where you have found true meaning and purpose - it could be winning a race at school, laying on a beach on holiday or doing something nice for a neighbour. Attempting to replicate these actions and even just discussing them has been proven to help people with depression.
“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth”- African Proverb
“Every human being has natural psychological needs. You need to feel you belong. You need to feel your life has meaning and purpose. You need to feel that people see you and value you.” - John Harari