Why A Depressed Mind Likes To Self-Sabotage All Efforts Against Depression And How to Fix It

Self-sabotage and depression

A few weeks ago I was reading a post about a show called Gilligan’s Island. It’s about Gilligan and a group of people stuck in an island, and how Gilligan in spite of all the planning and efforts of his peers to get out of there, unintentionally always find the way to sabotage everything.

In fact, the post is really interesting and I think you’ll enjoy reading it too.

The Problem With My Inner Gilligan

Why A Depressed Mind Likes To Self-Sabotage

Maybe you know self-sabotage as “getting it in your own way”, and haven’t realized that in this way you are not taking the proper actions to achieve your goals and think you are.

Your intention is to get better from depression, but by doing it your own way you probably convince yourself “I don’t think someone will understand me, and how I’m feeling” and with this in mind, you don’t seek help from a friend neither from a therapist.

That’s your mind sabotaging your intention of dealing with depression and anxiety. Another way to say it, that’s Gilligan sabotaging the way out of your depression island.

A depressed mind likes to self-sabotage because it feels more comfortable in the short term doing certain things than others. In the last example, we can say that you don’t want to seek help because it is more difficult talking to somebody about your issues than keeping silence.

Is that feeling of being comfortable now that drives our minds to look up for ways of dealing with difficult situations by taking the wrong but more comfortable decision.

〈In spite of Gilligan always making a mess of the plans to get out of the island he never got lockdown by his buddies because he was the most enjoyable to be around.〉

How to Fix A Self-sabotage Mind Against Depression

The thing is that we usually don’t know how we are self-sabotaging our efforts to achieve our goals and dreams, and that’s why we cannot solve it. But once we identify which are our self-defeating behaviors then we need to lock them up and keep them far away from our plans.

For us to be able of identifying our “inner Gilligan” we need to take responsibility for our decisions and actions in our lives and recognize that our wisdom (doing it our way) is not enough and most probably contrary of what we really want.

〈Gilligan’s friends felt comfortable around him and liked his character and personality that’s why when he wanted to participate in an idea he was accepted notwithstanding his record of wiping out all efforts before.〉

The way to fix a self-sabotage mind is to acknowledge that we don’t know better -but we are willing to learn- and going out of our comfort zone by locking up the self-defeating behavior. From there, we take the necessary steps to stop our mind on its mislead thinking patterns.

It may sound simple and easy to do, the fact is that is not easy, and under the influence of depression, the discipline needed to do this must be even greater.

When you are feeling comfortable with being curled in bed all day and know that there are things needed to be done then at least get out of bed and acknowledge yourself for this great deed because you’re starting to build the habit of getting out of bed when feeling depressed.

Lockdown Gilligan even if you enjoy him being around.


Every time you make a plan to try to escape the island of depression, your mind likes to play and repeat the same thinking patterns that put you in this position in the first place.

We must learn how to shut up our own wisdom (mind) and identify what is the truth to get the kind of success we are desiring from our efforts.

Ask God for wisdom, learn how you’re self-sabotaging and lock down your inner Gilligan if you ever want to achieve something in life!