5 Surefire Signs You are Facing an Existential Crisis
By Cathedral of the Soul
The existential crises are phases of deep reflection, marked mainly by the personal conflict and that can arise at any moment of the life.
In other words, the existential crisis is natural for the human being and, when well lived or understood, it can represent a moment of transformation for the individual, such as attaining self-knowledge, moral and emotional maturation, personal growth, and even a spiritual awakening.
But if the symptoms are not correctly "worked out," the person facing an existential crisis may suffer much more, drowning in a host of disorders, phobias, and depressions and isolationist behaviors.
According to psychologists, five main symptoms characterize most existential crises.
Find out if you have any of them:
This is considered one of the most common signs of the existential crisis, the famous psychological fatigue.
Even the person pretending to be introspective and "calm," can endure inside his head, the reigns of total chaos. A constant whirlwind of thoughts, usually pessimistic, filled with lower emotions, that make the individual extraordinarily anxious and exhausted.
Like other muscles of the body, the human mind also needs moments of rest. Otherwise, stress increases and with it will make favorable the appearance of other symptoms.
As your mind is already in constant turmoil, the person with existential crisis seeks to isolate himself to try to find a balance in his thoughts.
Also, mental fatigue eliminates any kind of desire to make social interactions, such as hanging out with friends or even being in the company of family members.
Playing in bed, listening to music or watching movies is one of the favorite shows of people during this phase.
“There is absolutely no worse death curse than the humdrum daily existence of the living dead.”
― Anthon St. Maarten
Defeating ideas and thoughts also prevail in the minds of those who go through this type of crisis. Typically, the existential crisis develops from an impactful event, such as the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, reaching certain years of life, among others traumatic and stressful events.
In these situations, the person tends to reflect on his life, questioning the values and decisions that followed until that moment. For this reason, before the various unanswered questions, a latent feeling of helplessness begins to grow, as if nothing could be resolved and that the anguish will never disappear.
“Somebody took my actual physical presence away and substituted this”
― Philip K. Dick, A Maze of Death
Perhaps it is one of the most striking features of the existential crisis. As our whole existence is put into reflection, the feeling of uncertainty, bewilderment, and insecurity is quite intense.
We do not know how to act and what we want for the future. Impotence and passivity are agonizing, and if not adequately addressed, these emotions will eventually lead to a depressive picture. The sense of Powerlessness will tend to grow.
The constant anxiety and nervousness also trigger physical consequences such as mood swings, sleep, and changes in one’s appetite. Some people eagerly eat when they feel anxious, while others totally lose the will to eat.
Thus, those facing an existential crisis may also have insomnia and loss of appetite, causing the immune system to weaken, making room for the disease to appear.
How to deal with an existential crisis?
As stated, existential crises can be beneficial to our maturation and self-knowledge. But for this, this phase must be lived with care. Otherwise, the consequences will be disastrous for the future of the person.
Since the existential crisis consists of a reflexive conflict over the individual nature, an excellent exercise to help overcome this moment is to question. Why am I feeling this way? Why do not I think I can? Why do not I feel motivated?
In almost every aspect of life, the first step in finding the solution to something is to correctly identify the problem. That is why it is essential to make a reflection to try to understand the source that triggers your feelings.
But beware, if you feel that no matter how hard you try to understand the reasons for your introspection, the symptoms do not go away nor you just can not handle it yourself, by all means, seek someone's help.
Finding the follow-up of a psychologist or a counselor should be your first step if you do not know how to overcome an existential crisis.
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