A young woman posted a few days ago about crying because everyone was calling her fat. She was clearly not fat at all by the weight she had posted and she admitted to having an ED when she was younger. The problem was one in her head and low self esteem issues.
That got me thinking the way the human brain works,. Life can be hard at times and the mind is used to, nay, expects to have real problems to deal with, just like the human immune system expects to have bugs, viruses to contend with... and what happens so often these days when we're immunised against serious bugs and perhaps healthier than previous generations is when there's no threat the immune system reacts to things like pollen which are not threats at all and produces all sorts of nasty side effects in its 'protection' of you.
So like our immune system which NEEDS something to do, do many of us need to have a problem; and if we don't have a genuine issue does our mind invent a false problem which can turn out to be as devastating as a real one. If that's the case can we recognise or show others how to recoginise these false problems in our/their heads and channel our need to tackle a problem into more positive action.
Anyway that's my amateur philospy for the day! :)