Kick Depression

The Battle Inside Us

"Elder Wisdom"
(Native American Proverb)

An elder Cherokee man was teaching his grandchildren about life.

He said, "There is a terrible fight in me between two wolves.

One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, pride, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies and superiority.

The other wolf represents joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, kindness, friendship, empathy, truth, compassion and faith.

The same fight is going on inside of you and everyone else."

The grandchildren thought for awhile and one asked, "Grandfather, which one will win?'

He answered, "The one you feed."

Click on the cognitive distortion link below to see a list. Cognitive distortions are merely erroneous thoughts without the ruminative response style to provide the foundation for the cognitive distortions to do their damage. Start learning to stop the battle inside you.

Link to Cognitive Distortions

"Your emotions follow your thoughts, just as surely as baby ducks follow their mother. But the fact that the baby ducks follow faithfully along doesn't prove that the mother knows where she is going!" David Burns, MD