I enjoyed Bill’s recent post “Reversible Figures and Mood.” There’s a lot there.
On superficial analysis, this seems like an endorsement of positive thinking. Which is nothing to sneeze at. But on a deeper level, this says something about agency.
There are two ways of looking at the world. One, that we have no control over events, that we are inevitably victims of circumstance. The other, that we have at least some control over what happens.
Recognizing that we have the ability to look at things from a different perspective — and learning how to do that on purpose — is empowering. It can have an immediate effect on anxiety. The idea that it can have an effect on depression is profoundly important.