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October 26, 2013

In this video post, I discuss the importance of congruence to mental health. For instance if you consider yourself to be a honest, courageous and compassionate person, it would be congruent of you habitually practiced honesty, courageousness and compassion in your daily affairs.

However, it would be incongruent if you considered yourself to be a honest, courageous and compassionate person, and you practiced dishonesty, cowardice and apathy a significant amount of the time. In the video, I state that the more incongruent we are, the more likely we are to develop mental health issues.

This is because the brain was designed to be congruent, even studies like thisĀ one, show that people experience more happiness when there is congruence between their ideal self and their actual self, with actual being measured by their chosen actions.

I then offer the viewer two tips on how to maintain congruence in his or her life.

Ugo is a psychotherapist and life coach.

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