I read with interest, the recent thread in this section on depression. The thread seemed to have a lot more insight than the OP, but I wanted to add
a number of thoughts.
Before I get started, yes, I've suffered from depression. But I want to look at the connection between often unrealized depression and poverty
People form their identities and basic belief systems by the time they're about 6-7 years old. During ages 0-6, their brain waves literally run more
slowly. Adults display four main states
BETA - consciousness
ALPHA - calm thoughts, meditation, "daydreaming"
THETA - sleep or deep meditation
DELTA - deep, dreamless sleep
But from ages 0-6, children's brainwaves typically operate in the THETA or ALPHA range. This causes them to process external stimuli without
consciously filtering it. In other words, if they see their parents fighting over finances, talking or joking about how they're at the effect of
their present circumstances, etc., the child will learn those same patterns without even realizing it.
Once that self-identity is formed (e.g., "I'm poor and I always will be"), it becomes part of the subconscious. Then it has an impact on us
lifelong, and often manifests as depression, addictive or destructive behavior, etc.
The solution is to "reprogram" what's in the person's subconscious. As the previous thread stated, antidepressant drugs only treat the symptoms,
not the underlying cause. That reprogramming can be done through cognitive behavioral therapy, of course, but it's only as effective as the
therapist and their own patterns and filters. They're not going to be able to help you move beyond their own personal self-limitations.
Poverty, and the cycle of poverty, is more than just the result of external circumstances. It's also about the response to those external
circumstances -- normally accepting that this is the way life is, it doesn't get any better, etc.
Think about this. If a child constantly hears that they can do anything they set their mind to, that with enough creativity you can solve any
problem, that they're competent and capable, are they more or less likely to view life in a positive light? If they see their parents or siblings
calmly working through difficulties instead of arguing and getting emotional, are they more or less likely to be good problem-solvers as adults? Are
they more or less likely to have a better lifestyle and standard of living?
It's true that some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth, as it were. They inherit money, are handed opportunities, etc. But simply
comparing yourselves with people like that and then railing at the unfairness of life, simply reinforces the mental message that we, ourselves, will
never have the good things in life. Is that really the message you want to keep telling yourself?
It takes work, discipline, and looking at the lifestyles of those better off than us in an appreciative, rather than envious way, to have even the
possibility of bettering our own lot in life. And think about this. Where are you more likely to be able to learn about how to be successful in
life? From those who are successful (which may not be your family or friends), or from those who are broke, poor, or complain about life all the
One of the major patterns of poverty is to focus on all of the "wrong" things in life, all of the things that it's easy to complain about but, at
first glance, impossible to do anything about.
Corruption in politics.
A bad economy.
Conspiracy theories. (Heh)
So, even if such things are true, should we focus on them more than the positive things in life? Things that might lead to a better life and an
escape from the cycle of poverty and depression?