If you had to create a mental health checklist, kinda like a car scheduled check at 25, 50, 100k miles etc. You have 3 options:

1. Go down a list of DSM descriptions of likely pathologies and ask for each, "do I have that? do I need to fix that"

2. Do some sort of meditation/retreat thing and trust your inner chi or whatever to rearrange your mind into a better state

3. The option I like: use a crude map of how the mind is organized to take an inventory. Example: refactorcamp.org/@vgr/10116164


I think the first approach is basically good only for when you have a strong pattern match hit to a long-studied condition like depression or bipolar etc.

The second approach is time consuming and can get some basic low-level energy/attention flows healthy.

The 3rd approach I think is under-rated and the most useful of all. Though system 1/system 2 is too crude a map. You need a map with more pieces. I'm currently trying to do an inventory with my goat-crow-rat map from ribbonfarm.com/2018/02/15/make

@vgr What about mental conditions that are unique to yourself, developed over a long time and are derived not from any specific part(s) of the mind?

@BruceJia you're on your own for such things. This is why I go with off-the-shelf stuff wherever I have a choice.

@vgr Btw, how do you develop coherent complex thought/attention flows

@BruceJia I don’t think you can “develop” attention flows of specific types. Whatever is natural to you is what you have and you have to find thinking work that fits it.

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