Everyone has at least one 'crazy' person in their life, right (even if it's ourselves!)? And there are a lot of labels and diagnoses out there - depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, bi-polar, schizophrenia...What if there was a different possibility with mental illness - and what if change and happiness were a totally available reality?
Susanna is a clinical psychologist with an amazing capacity to facilitate what this reality often defines as crazy from a totally different point of view - one of possibility and ease. What if everything is the opposite of what it appears to be? What if you could employ and enjoy your insanity (and that of the people around you?) and create more ease for you and others? If you had the tools to change this reality's point of view about mental illness, would you use them?
Susanna has a different and dynamically transforming perspective on psychological pain and mental illness, going beyond what is currently on the market. She has been working in psychiatry in Sweden for years and has her own practice treating clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, ADD, autism, Asperger and other mental diagnoses with remarkable results.
Today Susanna travels around the world to facilitate sessions and workshops and Access Consciousness® classes in various languages. What do people say... "You are the weirdest, most joyful psychologist I have ever met, I feel insanely sane, my world changed!"
Susanna describes it as psychology helping you to adjust to this reality. Adding consciousness completely takes you out of the box to access more of you than you could imagine was possible!
Susanna Mittermaier CFMW, licensed clinical psychologist, therapist and Access Consciousness® Facilitator from Vienna, Austria, is creating a new paradigm with psychology and therapy, Pragmatic Psychology, using the revolutionary tools of Access Consciousness®.
Access Consciousness Publishing
Author: Susanna Mittermaier
Question: Can you talk us through the concept of Pragmatic Psychology?
Susanna Mittermaier: Pragmatic Psychology are practical tools and perspectives that facilitate you to access who you truly are beyond the problems, dramas, trauma and issues you have defined as you. It invites you to know that you have choice to change your life in every moment and create the life you truly desire. Welcome to going from pain, suffering and gory to ease joy and glory.
Question: Can you provide us with your top techniques for dealing with anxiety?
Susanna Mittermaier: People who experience anxiety usually try to get rid of their anxiety. Resistance increases the anxiety. Anxiety is not a feeling to be avoided, it is an information to be discovered. It is an intensity of awareness like any pain. If you resist pain it increases if you are present with it you can discover what is actually going on.
Anxiety is an awareness that has not been acknowledged. Ask, what in my surroundings am I aware of that I have not acknowledged? Many times it is about the person requiring more information. Ask, what information do I require to have more ease with this and where can I get it?
Question: Can you talk us through the idea of eliminate life obstacles to discover our own personal capability?
Susanna Mittermaier: Your point of view creates your reality. If you have the point of view that there is an obstacle to overcome, this is exactly what you are going to create; more obstacles. What if there were no obstacles? What have you defined as obstacles that are not obstacles? What if you instead ask, 'What gift is this situation/person that I have not acknowledged?" If you receive everything and everyone without the point of view anything or anyone can stand in your way, you will no longer stand in your own way and access your personal capacities.
Question: Do you agree that if a certain situation is causing us anxiety we should avoid it?
Susanna Mittermaier: When you avoid a situation you create that situation as more powerful than you. You will allow this situation to take over your life. Have you had a situation in your life where you did something that you prior to that have decided you could never do and when you did you found out how good it felt to do it and how powerful you feel after having done it? It's like being newly born. Fear is a distraction of everything you truly are capable of.
Question: What other mental disorders does the book address?
Susanna Mittermaier: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Autism, OCD, Burn out Syndrome, Schizophrenia, Psychosis
Also: Abuse, Constant judgment of self and body, relationships.
Question: How do we become addicted to feeling guilty?
Susanna Mittermaier: It is not something people become. It is a choice people make. Guilt is a way of being controlled and controlling others. Already as children people learn that if they do not do what their parents want them to do, they will be judged for having done something wrong. This creates guilt. Most parents think that this is how they make sure they have their children under control. What this creates is a constant wonder whether what you do is right or wrong. It never allows you to relax and be happy with what you are choosing. The addiction gets created when you function on autopilot and don't know that you have the choice for something different.
Question: Could you share with us your five practical tools for being crazy happy?
Susanna Mittermaier: Ask yourself if you are truly willing to be happier than other people can receive. There is a certain amount of happiness that is considered normal and if you exceed that you are considered crazy. The level of tolerance is higher with sadness. If you walk down the street looking sad probably nobody would react. If you walk down the street smiling, people would wonder what is going on, why are you smiling. If you smile too much, people will most certainty wonder what is wrong with you.
Happiness is a choice. Are you choosing it or are you rather entraining to the unhappiness of the world around you?
When you are unhappy ask, Who does this belong to? The majority of your unhappiness is not yours. It is what you pick up from the people around you.
Monday morning is a great example. How many people wake up and think, 'Oh no monday again. I have to go to work. I hate my job. I want to stay in bed." Do you have the same thoughts? Next time, ask, 'Who does this belong to, Is this mine?"
How about returning your unhappy back to sender. If it is not yours why keep it?
That easy? Yes! Probably nobody has told you before how easy change is, once you choose. This is one of the best kept secrets.
How much are you trying to make other people happy? When you try to make other people happy, you will perceive their unhappiness even more and this is where most people confuse others unhappiness as their own. How about rather than working hard trying to make others happy, you instead inspire others with the radiant shameless joy you are! Happiness is up to everybody to choose!
Interview by Brooke Hunter