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The backpack analogy

This video shows the ‘backpack-analogy’ to illustrate the importance of unpacking your bag of stress as a first step to discover what to do with it.

In this video student psychologist Bart Oosting uses the ‘backpack-analogy’.

This analogy explains that you can experience stress like a load of stones on your back that you carry with you, without taking time to look at it. The advice is to unpack that bag, and take some time to look at all the different problems. By doing this you will get a better view of the different things that bother you and you can differentiate yourself from your problems. This could make it possible for you to make a change by starting to ask yourself “What can I do with this problem?”.

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