The Most Powerful Way to Save People…From Themselves
But there are some things that are extremely difficult to save people from: misleading beliefs, addictions, suicidal ideation, mental illness, etc. These situations are sticky because much of what these sufferers need saving from is…well, themselves.
But no one likes to relinquish a familiar and comfortable part of themselves, even if that part happens to be poisoning them from the inside out.
That’s why it’s infernally difficult to save some people.
Still, even in these complex cases, people can be and are saved. People can be changed. Hence the existence of therapists, suicide hotlines, books, researchers, and more —
Sometimes these things help. Sometimes they don’t.