The Origin of Your Discontent

Have you ever known someone who was discontent? Have you ever — at some point — felt discontent? Have you ever stopped to consider where the discontent originated?

Most people when discontent point the finger outward. 👉🏼 However, most often we should be pointing the finger at ourselves. The object of the lesson is not to place blame. The object of the lesson is to INVESTIGATE. When we investigate we begin to understand the WHY of our situation.

Most often the reason we feel discontent is because we are outgrowing something (e.g. situation, ideology, mentality) or someone (e.g. their situation, their ideology, their mentality).


Imagine a small fish in a tank. The fish swims along happily. The fish grows, gets bigger, until one day the fish is cramped in its tank. It can no longer swim along happily, so its unhappy.

In this analogy, you are the fish and the tank is fear. Unlike the fish who can’t overcome its circumstance, you can overcome your fear and create an environment where you can grow.

Are you — or someone you know — like that fish in the tank, unable to move about freely, and unhappy as a result? Are you willing to take the risks and overcome your fear in order to make space to continue growing, or will you stagnate and be discontent?

Published by analyticalperspective

Heather Blackwell is a CBT-certified mental health coach and Psychology subject matter expert (SME), dedicated to bringing Psychology insights to the self-help community. She studied two masters degrees in the areas of Forensic Psychology and MFT, and has 15+ years’ experience in behavioral analysis under her skill belt. Her discussion topics include, but are not inclusive to, dating experiences, interpersonal relationships, maladaptive behavioral development, self-identity development, self-help, holistic mind-body health, and nutrition as it applies to mental wellness.

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