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May the Fourth Be With You: The Force and Other Jedi Mind(fulness) Tricks

There's a lot for a therapist to consider while watching Star Wars. Some researches have already put considerable thought into diagnosing Anakin Skywalker and the Star Wars movies provide some good content for discussions about relationships. But I think we can really learn something from the use of the Force.

As a therapist, I see accessing the Force as something akin to acceptance, presence, and not being carried away by your own thoughts, feelings and reactions. Much like with the Force, these are are powerful tools here in the real world. When one is able to gain acceptance over what they cannot control, develop presence through mindfulness, and learn to separate their true selves from their emotional and cognitive landscape, then they will have achieved significant levels of emotional regulation and psychological flexibility. These skills are are positively associated with better mental health and quality of life.

Here's how you can access the Force in the real world:

  1. Learn to let go that which you cannot control. Notice the things you are holding on to, explore those feelings and beliefs, and give yourself permission to let go.

  2. Practice mindfulness every day (see file below).

  3. Work on your emotional awareness and reach out for help with bigger issues around emotional regulation.

Just like with the Force, these skills are not learned overnight, and instead take time and effort. Therapy can help. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, in particular, are really useful for developing these abilities. So, if you'd like to hone your own inner Jedi and need a guide, consider reaching out to a therapist for help.

Are you a nerd looking for a therapist who gets you? Whether you're into Star Wars, video games, cosplay, D&D, Harry Potter, or any other awesome fandom, I would love to work with you. Click here to call or schedule online.


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Hi. I'm Katie

Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing teletherapy to adults in Florida. 

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