Humans and Cows Ruminate ...
much differently, off course, and with widely differing outcomes.
Human Rumination: to turn a matter over and over in the mind.
Do you ruminate? Do you think about the same negative thoughts over and over without resolving them?
People who struggle with depression often ruminate by obsessing about certain thoughts and feelings. They often report experiencing shame, low self-esteem and self-worth, guilt, and inadequacy. The depressed person may even justify their rumination with the idea that they need to think about their problems in order to solve them. But this particular manner of thinking and feeling only intensifies the individual's "stuckness" (think Quicksand). It simply does not provide the "awareness" that can act as a ladder to climb out of the hole.
Another issue with Rumination is the inability to focus attention elsewhere. The Ruminator may be seemingly unable to direct their attention outside of their Ruminative shell.
Bovine Rumination: to chew cud.
Whatch this Youtube clip - http://bit.ly/Ia5IXA
The difference between the two processes is that Human Rumination is not transformative. We lack the "enzymes" that allow us to "digest" (transform) our "cud" (regurgitated thoughts) into "nourishment" (wisdom and positive change).
What things work for you to help control / stop / change your patterns of Rumination?
Jeff Ross, MA RCC
Jeff is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and sees clients in Vancouver (Yaletown) and North Vancouver, BC, Canada. He supports individuals with such issues as depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, grief and bereavement, career and educational issues as well as growth and development. In addition he also does couples counselling / marriage counselling.
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