why do i write?
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. -- Carl Jung
I write here to mainly share my thoughts on mental health issues, reflect on social and cultural phenomena that have profound implications for personal life, and share helpful resources. My goal is to help people become curious about their inner, psychological life and support their courage to reach out and connect with the right type of help they need.
The Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung famously said, "Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." Too often, as adults, we look to the outside to search for ourselves. We learn to operate under collective ideas and beliefs and grasp onto a set of images to feel good about ourselves. We can go further and further from looking at our inner worlds and understanding who we are. The process usually happens unconsciously, and sometimes when we claim we're self-aware, we're not. The work of making sense of ourselves and the life we choose to live takes a tremendous amount of curiosity and the strength of refraining from any self-judgment.
My blogs don't replace psychotherapy, a practice of helping people recognize their psychological landscapes and enhancing self-understanding. That said, I hope my blogs can provide a sense of direction for those lost and wandering alone, affirm the choices made by those who understand they need help and are actively searching, and supplement the ways of making meaning by those who're already in therapy. I hope you enjoy them.
My name is Bingwan Liu. I'm dedicated to the study and practice of understanding our psychology and alleviating mental suffering. I'm a licensed clinical social worker in New York State and a Zen practitioner.