A useful tool...an example of objectivity
Objectivity is defined as, judgment based on observable phenomena and uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices. It is very helpful in the case of bipolar disorder because, as you can appreciate, emotional fluctuations and personal prejudices abound for the patients, caregivers, and society in general. Unless we have something to keep us steady and rooted, it won't be possible to keep facing the challenges of bipolar disorder the illness, and to continuing bipolar treatment. One significant quality is, objectivity.
How to be objective about one's own case of bipolar disorder?
- Learning to see yourself as though it were somebody else: Yes, if we can learn to imagine that we are looking at events, circumstances, feelings, and thoughts as though they were somebody else's, it can help us be objective. It can also be a protection. Training oneself in this regard can help develop another useful quality - insight.
- Writing things down: The very act of writing down causes us to see things differently. It involves another level of thinking. You must have heard people say, it is therapeutic. A good use of the habit of writing can be, a mood-chart.
- Talking to others: When we are able to talk to other mature ones, it does two things. One, it is a relief. Two, it also helps us to do a reality-check. If two or more mature ones make an observation, at least we will see the possibility of something being true.
- Learn about bipolar disorder: Learning involves the combination of knowledge from medical findings, input from caregivers, and contextualizing it to one's personal case.
- Remain observant over time: Observations made over a period of time will enhance our understanding. Some things are discovered accidentally, but most others require patience. In fact, even accidental discoveries won't be made if a person stops being observant. Use that observation to find practical ways toward improvement.