All posts under category 'Heal/Independence'.

The Opposite of Navel Gazing

August 27, 2015 | Written by:

As in looking up and really seeing for the first time

Dr. Brown’s step method could be mistaken for the kind of “navel gazing” that people like to accuse traditional talk therapy of, fairly or not. But it couldn’t be farther from that—and not only because there’s relatively little talk involved. It’s because, in the end, it’s about embracing all of humanity. Really. Continue

Great Thinkers: J. Krishnamurti on Freedom

August 18, 2015 | Written by:

When Dr. Brown says “freedom,” this is the freedom she means

The Brown Method is about freedom. From addiction, of course, but think bigger. The foundation for that freedom is emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual freedom: full personal sovereignty. In this, Dr. Brown was deeply influenced by Indian-born writer-thinker J. Krishnamurti. Continue

Are You Emotionally Independent?

July 27, 2015 | Written by:

Is your mind your own? The yes/no test is a simple way to find out

We all like to think of ourselves as independent adults with minds of our own. But most of us aren’t as independent as we think. We’re emotionally dependent on—also known as addicted to—all kinds of things, including the approval of others. The yes/no test is a good way to gauge where you are on this. Continue

The Choice Is Yours. Do You Really Get That?

May 23, 2015 | Written by:

You do have a choice. But first, you have to free yourself to make it

Understanding choice is a big piece of understanding addictive behavior and how to heal it. As Dr. Brown defines it, an addiction is any person, substance, or situation over which we have lost choice or believe we cannot live without. But restoring choice can be as simple as realizing—really getting—that you actually have one. Continue