We therapize everything. We use language to displace feelings and concepts, recognizing them by naming them. The naming convention allows solutions through distance, but it also alters self-perception and dissuades real solutions.

For example, your pain and anxiety are diagnosed as depression, yet naming and medicating shifts focus to the individual’s inability to cope, alleviating the need to alter the more extensive societal structure of poverty that generates chronic anxiety.

For example, your rage against the machine is justified, but rather than harnessing that empowering emotion for change, you should cultivate self-love until you can bear the brutality.