Today we’re focusing on self-absorption – being highly preoccupied with your own concerns, your inner thoughts, or yourself in general. Depression can be viewed as an “implosion of the self” which creates self-absorption. I’m speaking of self-absorption not in a condescending or judgmental way, but as a way of helping the person who’s depressed, as well as the people who are trying to love them, to understand how two possible components of depression – anhedonia and apathy – can be perceived in relationships as self-centeredness or self-absorption. And, as always, what to do about it.
The listener voicemail this week is from a woman whose mother is always “one-upping” her, meaning her mom says she hurts more, or has accomplished more… the topic doesn’t really matter. Her mother doesn’t offer affirmation for her daughter, but remains in a weird kind of competition with her. And her daughter is very, very lonely.
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