Mental poverty is a state in which one feels a lack, or inadequate. Emptiness can also be a sign of mental poverty, as can avoidance.
Mental poverty is a rut that can start in many ways. Perhaps one's parents passed on a negative view of the world, or a propensity to addiction One's sense of capacity may be impacted by a dreadful job, or through grinding physical poverty. Depression and anxiety can also push one to feel like they have nothing to give to themselves or anyone else. These are but a few examples.
Mental poverty can only be reversed by the person experiencing it because mental poverty is a state of mind - nothing more, nothing less. If this blog post reminds you of someone - even yourself - know that you are not bound by the trap of mental poverty for the rest of your life. Your past does not control your future.
Start today to examine the areas of your personality that may be affected with mental poverty. These might be reflected in such areas as gossip, fearfulness, complaining without changing, drinking too much or ignoring opportunities when they do present themselves. Procrastinating, or having a knee-jerk negative reaction to opinions that are different than yours are also signs of mental poverty.
To be a person means to have been given the gift of volition - the capacity for change. You are not a product of your past. If you have a pocket or two of mental poverty in your life, you can actually change your state and increase the abundance of your life.
Cheryl Deaner, LMFT #36764