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SwCA Episode 136: HELP! - "I Am Addicted to Approval (from everyone)!"

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SHOW NOTES: This episode is, “I Am Addicted to Approval (from everyone)!”

What is the definition of “Approval?” : the belief that something or someone is good or acceptable : a good opinion of someone or something 

Approval. (n.d.). Retrieved June 10, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/approval

What is the definition of “Addicted?”: a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)

Addiction. (n.d.). Retrieved June 10, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addiction

What is the reason for the the addiction to approval (from everyone)? 
It is the core belief that, “I am not good (enough).” So, you try to “fix it” by seeking out other people to make you feel “good enough” (but they are not able to counter your internal belief so you stay stuck in pain).

How to “fix it?”
Change your belief to, “I am good (enough).”

Seek professional, individual, group, religious, spiritual, psychological help if needed (whatever works for you).

CBT - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (http://www.nami.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Inform_Yourself/About_Mental_Illness/About_Treatments_and_Supports/Cognitive_Behavioral_Therapy1.htm)

Read “Feeling Good” by David D. Burns, M.D. - http://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-The-Mood-Therapy/dp/0380810336 

You can do this!