There are more “labels” than ever floating around out there, especially in the area of anything that could be classified under self-help and personal development.
They can be helpful in some instances. Occasionally these types of labels will help us to feel less isolated and alone, perhaps give us the understanding that we’re not the only weird one out there (let’s be honest, we’re all weird and life is so much more interesting that way 😉 )
However, I would argue that identifying too strongly with any particular label has the potential to do more harm than good. Conversely, using these systems of “categorization” to classify others can be unhelpful as well and prevent us from viewing the individual as a whole, complex and unique being, just as you are.
These labels can keep us small, rigid, and wrapped up in these parts of ourselves without allowing the fullness of our personalities to shine through.
Not every little quirk or thing that we’re working on about ourselves needs to have a name. Nor should you believe the lie that there’s a laundry list of things about you that need “fixing,” either.
And labels can also keep us so deeply focused on “self” that we forget how much connection with others heals us, because we heal IN relationship.
We’re going into all of this plus specific examples on this episode, and how to nourish yourself instead – without all the extra labels that can weigh us down.
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