Therapy Thoughts

JUST DO IT DOESN’T WORK ALL OF THE TIME

My students and many others know I have ranted for years that “Just Do It” is a mixed bag slogan.  Our lives are improved when we “Just Do”  something within our ability, but leads to self or other blame when forces beyond our control rule.  This Scientific American Article sides with me.

The “Just Do It!” Trap: Why Radio Docs Help Few: Scientific American.

I first realized just doing it wouldn’t work when I was 11 years old.  I wanted to be a jockey but was growing rapidly too tall.  I got the family’s dictionary–a heavy book, and stood with it on my head for half an hour a night form almost a whole month.  Kept right on growing.  Sigh.

I think being learning disabled was also part of that acceptance for no matter how hard I tried to learn my multiplication tables I still can’t get to the answer for 6 times 7 without adding up from 6 times 5.  Another sigh.

How do you know when enough “Just Do It” isn’t going to work.   What do you do then?

One Comment

  1. It all depends upon what we’re talking about, doesn’t it? I admit, I am ambivalent about the whole “just do it” philosophy, too, but but but when I am working with someone who is depressed, for example, and they really, really, really need to do something to make themselves feel better; they need to make an effort to get out and socialize, or exercise, or do a trial of meds, sometimes the only thing that works IS to just do it, to put aside the doubts, step over the barriers and do it. Maybe the distinction is in recognizing what is reasonable, what is feasible and what is not. In order for change to occur, people have to push themselves beyond what they thought they could do, beyond what is comfortable. “Just do it” cannot come without thought, recognition of limitations or a grasp on reality, but it also has a utility that cannot be ignored. Or so I think.

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