Acceptance and Mental Health

L-Theanine Gummies

No one wants to fall mentally ill. Yet, paradoxically, our insistence on always maintaining perfect mental health may make us more susceptible to becoming unwell.
Sign up to our new newsletter and get 10% off your first online order of a book, product or class: T
For books and more from The School of Life, visit our online shop: g
Our website has classes, articles and products to help you lead a more fulfilled life: O
Join this channel to get access to exclusive members perks:


You can read more on this and other subjects on our blog, here: V

“One of the great contributing factors to mental illness is the idea that we should at all costs and and all times be well. We suffer far more than we should because of how long it can take many of us until we allow ourselves to fall properly and usefully ill.

For many years we may be able skilfully to evade our symptoms, pulling off an an accomplished impression of what counts – in our unobservant societies – as a healthy human. We may gain all the accoutrements of so-called success – love, a career, family, prestige – without anyone bothering to note the sickness behind our eyes. We may take care to fill our days with activity so that we can be guaranteed to have no time to address any of the sores that blister inside. We can rely on the extraordinary prestige of being busy to avoid the truly hard work of doing nothing – other than sit with our minds and their complicated sorrows. When pressures build, we may develop a raft of opaque physical ailments that baffle and excite the medical profession or we can acquire a paranoid world-view that identifies all our enemies with political and economic ideologies – rather than with anything psychological closer to home…”


Watch more films on SELF in our playlist:


Feel free to follow us at the links below:



Produced in collaboration with:

Eunju Ara Choi

Title animation produced in collaboration with

Vale Productions

Brain & Body Power Free Trial

You May Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *