My name is Rebecca and I’m a labeller.
I have an addiction to labelling.
Okay…so it’s not quite an addiction and don’t get confused thinking it’s me with one of those labelling machine (albeit they are awesome) going all out on everything I can get my hands on.
It’s something which many, if not all, of us do at some points in our lives- we label.
Ever googled your symptoms in hope to get a diagnosis?
Went to a professional to have them slot you into a category?
Or, perhaps you’ve spent time looking for someone like you in hope that they can tell you what the heck is going on.
In each instance we’re after answers. And that answer often comes in the form of a label. But why are we searching for that label? Because it brings us hope that there have been others who’ve going through it, that there’s a treatment/solution and hopefully they’ll hold a miracle answer to take away all the pain and struggle.
We label in the hope that it’ll bring us answers, that it’ll guide us to do the right thing, that it will ease the suffering we ma be enduring (regardless of how minor or major). It also brings us comfort in knowing that we fit in somewhere, even if that somehow happens to be an unfortunate circumstance. You feel better knowing where it is you belong, opposed to not having a label for what you’ve got/what you’re dealing with.
I’m not really sure where these thoughts came from, and actually they popped up yesterday while I was waiting at the traffic lights (I am a safe driver guys!). I guess my philosophical thinking hat has been buzzing since I spoke about Getting Rid of the Rules and Whatever Will Be Will Be. I’m not saying it’s a good or bad thing- that’s not the point. However, I am highlighting the fact that we do do it, what may drive us to do it and what repercussions happen because of it.
What happens when we label? In some instances we close the door on other possibilities and perhaps disadvantage ourselves in the long term. Think of it this way- you can fake it till you make it, just like you can label yourself into something worse than it actually is. Or maybe the label brings you better help, a friendly face who can emphasis and pushes you forward in the right direction.
What are your thoughts on this post? What do you think of labels? Do you label?
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