My Stupid Inner Critic

At therapy this week my therapist said "we have to get rid of that inner critic, always putting you down" and the 1st thought that popped into my head was "I know.  I'm so stupid for doing that".   What a predicament!  How can I get rid of the voice that constantly criticizes me, when I'm … Continue reading My Stupid Inner Critic

How To Call Dibs on a Parking Spot

Apparently, this is confusing to some people.  Some seem to believe it is done with their middle finger, not their turn signal.  This is Wrong. Which leads me to further evidence of my recovery. Yesterday I was in a parking lot and I spied a spot, so I headed over to it.  As I approached … Continue reading How To Call Dibs on a Parking Spot

What’s Left of Me?

It's ironic that I have a Master's degree in Psychology but had no real idea what the buzzwords actually meant.  Words like emotional abuse, projection, dissociation, and denial, all so relevant to the therapeutic process, were only concepts; ideas I could define but not really relate to.  It's a good thing I decided not to … Continue reading What’s Left of Me?

Instead of Breaking

The glassblower knows: while in the heat of beginning,  any shape is possible. Once hardened, the only way to change is to break. The Book of Awakening,  Mark Nepo That is the opening passage for February 19.  I am much further along in the book (started reading it daily last April) so I'm not even sure … Continue reading Instead of Breaking

The Paradox of Fear

  Since I've been diagnosed with PSTD, and am about to embark on treatment specific to this issue, I feel compelled to research what this means.  EMDR, the current treatment for PSTD, addresses the connections in the many components of our brain.  I will be undergoing the same treatment as a soldier returning from war, … Continue reading The Paradox of Fear