The first secret to healing your mind is to know that it is actually possible. This shouldn’t be a secret at all, but most people don’t realize their minds can heal. Healing is a word that psychologists rarely use. In fact, the word “healing” isn’t even in the lexicon of our education or training. Instead of healing people, we are taught how to treat conditions, usually targeting specific symptoms or behavioral dysfunctions. But the distinctions between treating and healing are meaningful in terms of their depth and permanence. Though most therapists are not trained to heal, there are models for doing so that are steadily gaining recognition.
The second secret to healing your mind is understanding the complex nature of your subconscious. Without understanding how the subconscious works, it’s not possible to understand how it gets ill or what needs to happen for it to heal. For this understanding we can go back some 140 years to the brilliance of Sigmund Freud and other pioneering psychoanalysts. Freud, Jung, and Assagioli were the first theorists to recognize how the subconscious was populated by multiple subpersonalities, each performing a distinct role to serve various needs for survival and self-regulation.