-Is it possible that some people stay stuck in sadness because the thoughts associated with sadness have become habituated? Yes.
-Is it possible that some people stay stuck in sadness because the behaviors associated with sadness have become habituated? Yes.
-Can traditional therapy help people who are depressed? Yes, especially during a crisis. However, long term therapy often results in people becoming more stuck and cementing a victim mentality.
-Is it possible that over time people unwittingly and unwillingly take on the identity of the "moody sad one?" Yes.
-Is it likely that some cultures manage the life events that "cause" depression in a different and more empowered manner? Absolutely.
As mentioned, the way we have learned to view the state of sadness or depression comes from a traditional, patriarchal western medical model. However, there is abundant evidence that if one is willing to learn new ways of being,and incorporate this learning at a subconscious level, a stronger more resourceful identity can emerge. When we look at habits from a subconscious learning model framework we can begin to see how patterns become lodged in the subconscious mind. Seeing our challenges as learned can be a powerful perspective. The decision to see sadness as a way of being that has been habituated over time opens the door to exploring the possibility of becoming the CEO of one's life.