Our expert says:
YOu know, lots of experience and some research suggests that you may be trying to do this backwards. Sitting waiting to discover a sense of purpose in life, can require a very long wait. What often helps is exactly the opposite. Assuming that one will discover the real purpose of one's life IN life and DURING life ; and then deciding to continue, AS IF there was a good purpose in life. The answers to those questions are discovered in the process of doing life, as well as one cam ; not by contemplation, before one starts. And surely one of the main reasons for living is to discover other and even better reasons for living ?
And discuss this very problem with your psychologist, especially the issue of feeling better while there, but with the beneficial efect not lasting when you return into reality. And ask her about CBT, which so focusses on changing the sort of negative thoughts, rules, and self-perceptions you seem to be swimming in.
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