“Mama Said Knock You Out” is an anthem to all mother’s who have provide a safe, consistent, affectionate, and encouraging environment for their children. A child who grows with this Mama feels able to Knock Out any obstacle, any wrong, and threat, because their Mama has got their back wherever they are. If Mama is with me, who in the world can be against me!? In other words, if Mama says it, I believe it, so it must be true.
“Mama Said Knock You Out”
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“Nazareth, I’m fucked up
Homie you fucked up
But if God got us we then gon’ be alright”
The lyrics for “Alright” by Kendric Lamar speak to the field of mental health in the following way: God, or faith, or spirituality (or ___ (you fill in the blank) is a very important resource for people struggling with mental health issues.
Spirituality as a Resource
“For many, spiritual beliefs play a significant role in the ability to cope with adverse events in life. Spiritual practices may offer social and emotional support, help people find meaning and purpose in life, provide comfort in times of grief, and provide ethical and moral guidelines that many choose to live their lives by. Individuals who gain strength from their spiritual faith may find it difficult to achieve progress and healing in therapy when unable to address and incorporate all dimensions of who they are.” (if you would like to see where this quote came from, click here)
If God got us we then gon’ be Alright
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“Who am I? Someone that’s afraid to let go, uh
You decide, if you’re ever gonna, let me know (yeah)
Suicide, if you ever try to let go, uh
I’m sad and low, yeah
I’m sad and low, yeah”
According to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Organization webpage, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24. Showing despair is one of the warning signs of someone at risk of suicidal thoughts. The lyrics of this song talk openly about the person’s unbearable pain and sadness.
Risk Factor and Warning Sign of Suicide
To view Lyrics to “Sad!” by xxxTentacion, click here
“Question: Tell me how you feel about this Try to control me boy you get dismissed Pay my own fun, oh and I pay my own bills Always 50/50 in relationships The shoes on my feet I’ve bought it The clothes I’m wearing I’ve bought it The rock I’m rockin’ I’ve bought it ‘Cause I depend on me”
The lyrics of “Independent Woman” by Destiny’s Child speak to a concept in mental health-Self Actualization.
““Self-actualization” represents a concept derived from Humanistic psychological theory and, specifically, from the theory created by Abraham Maslow. Self-actualization, according to Maslow, represents growth of an individual toward fulfillment of the highest needs; those for meaning in life, in particular. Carl Rogers also created a theory implicating a “growth potential” whose aim was to integrate congruently the “real self” and the “ideal self” thereby cultivating the emergence of the “fully functioning person”. It was Maslow, however, who created a psychological hierarchy of needs, the fulfillment of which theoretically leads to a culmination of fulfillment of “being values”, or the needs that are on the highest level of this hierarchy, representing meaning.” (this quote comes from the following article, click here to view)
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If you want to feel happier, do what happy people do—smile.
If you want to get more work done, act as if you are a productive person.
If you want to have more friends, behave like a friendly person.
If you want to improve your relationship, practice being a good partner.
Too often we hesitate to spring into action. Instead, we wait until everything feels just right or until we think we’re ready. But research shows that changing your behavior first can change the way you think and feel. ” (this is a quote from an online article on Psychology Today posted on June 27, 2016 called When to Fake It Till You Make it (and When You Shouldn’t)
“Fake Love” =’s Act as If
For complete lyrics to “Fake Love” by Drake click here
“A trigger warning is a notice of potential triggers in future discussion or content. The aim is to let people with mental health concerns avoid or prepare themselves for triggers. It is impossible to predict or avoid all triggers, since many are unique to a person’s situation. Warnings are often reserved for common triggers such as images of violence.” Trigger Warnings as reported by Psychology today is raising questions about how people should be treated in a variety of settings, including high school and college.
“Be Careful” =”s trigger warning
for complete lyrics of “Be Careful” by Cardi B, click here
“Every twenty seconds got me peepin out my window
Investigatin’ the joint for traps
Checkin’ my telephone for taps
I’m starin’ at the woman on the corner
It’s fucked up when your mind is playin’ tricks on ya”
According to Mental Health America, “paranoia involves intense anxious or fearful feelings and thoughts often related to persecution, threat, or conspiracy. Paranoia occurs in many mental disorders, but is most often present in psychotic disorders. Paranoia can become delusions, when irrational thoughts and beliefs become so fixed that nothing (including contrary evidence) can convince a person that what they think or feel is not true. When a person has paranoia or delusions, but no other symptoms (like hearing or seeing things that aren’t there), they might have what is called a delusional disorder. Because only thoughts are impacted, a person with delusional disorder can usually work and function in everyday life, however, their lives may be limited and isolated.” (if you would like to see where this excerpt comes from, click here )
“Andwhen I try to walk away You’d hurt yourself to make me stay This is crazy, this is crazy.”
Lauren Hill’s “Ex-Factor” lyrics speak to a struggle that impact many people-Self Harm.
“Self-harm usually starts as a way to relieve the build-up of pressure from distressing thoughts and feelings. This might give temporary relief from the emotional pain the person is feeling. It’s important to know that this relief is only temporary because the underlying reasons still remain. Soon after, feelings of guilt and shame might follow, which can continue the cycle.
Because there may be some temporary relief at the start, self-harm can become someone’s normal way of dealing with life’s difficulties. This means that it is important to talk to someone as early as possible to get the right support and help. Learning new coping strategies to deal with these difficulties can make it easier to break the Cycle of Self-hHarm in the long term.” (To read the article this quote comes from, click here)
“Cumple con lo tuyo” (English translation: “Fulfill that which is yours”)
For mami, the thing that makes us miserable is NOT that we try to keep up with the Joneses (or Gonzalezes). She says that our problem is that we try to control the Joneses, and then judge them when they fail to meet our expectations or check off every box on our “They Need to Do List.”
Mami says that we spend too much time and energy trying to tell the Joneses (Gonzalezes family) what to do, how to do it, how much to give, how much to spend, who to marry, who to divorce, what spices to cook with, how to raise their children, e.t.c.
Mami says that we should just worry about that which belongs to us, the children that belong to us, the money that belongs to us, the spouse that belongs to us, who we are going to marry, what we have cooking on our stove. e.t.c. So, the first Mango that mami dropped was ripe with the secret to being happy: focus and fulfill your own obligations and responsibilities, and you will find happiness.