#70 Breaking the mold that traps you

empowerment Jul 23, 2020




Do you ever stop and think about how hard it is to be “different” in this era of mass instant communication? Do you actually put an effort into not looking and acting like the crowd? If so, you might be curious to know that this is a personality trait, and a very useful one at that!

People with bipolar disorder do not fit neatly into a box, whether that’s their background or their schooling or their occupations. But there is one trait that seems to be pervasive, and that’s the unshakable notion that you are different than most people. And you want to celebrate it. Or at least be recognized.

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shows you how to take this drive to be different and use it to make a new mold, in any shape you want for your life. Even the best individualists can get forced into someone else’s mold. Today it’s time to break it and be everyone’s favorite exception to the rule!


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  • If you want to break out of a “mold”, the most important thing to do is stop obsessing over what other people are doing.
  • When solving problems, don’t think in terms of what’s possible. Go beyond. Then come back and fine tune your approach.
  • People with bipolar disorder often think of themselves as insignificant and incapable of making a big contribution to society. What they don’t often know is that they’re already living an exceptional life.


Lifer Discussion Guide

There are no questions for today’s show. For a great conversation, ask someone to tell you a memory they have of you where you very clearly did things your own unique way!

“Lifers” are special people who have unwavering faithfulness. This assures you that they’ll stick around through all the highs and lows that are normal for a life with mental health challenges. If you haven’t nominated a lifelong family member or friend as part of your non-medical support team, what are you waiting for? :-)


Join the Tribe!

Once you’ve had a chance to talk or journal about these things you might have a question from this episode. If so, make sure you head on over to The Bipolar Now Podcast Group on Facebook! There’s quite a few people who are dealing with the tension of making their own mold in a “cookie-cutter” world. And we’d love for you to share your thoughts with us when you’re ready. So don’t miss out!


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