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ARTICLE re. Emotions
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EMOTIONALLY ABUSING (E.A.) to Ourselves (cont.)
Lack of Self-Care
• ACoAs were originally subjected to many different kinds of PMES care – some parents were too rigid, some too lax.
– In some families too much was expected of us – to fend for ourselves &/or take care of others – way too early. We did what we could, but even if it was OK, we never believe it’s right or good enough (More….)
– In some a hero/martyr parent did too much without teaching us how to do things, making us naive, ignorant or stupid – & dependent on others
– In others, they did way too little daily care & maintenance for us, again having to fake it, never learning to do things easily, correctly, efficiently – or at all. (See previous posts)
• Now we don’t know adult self-care (balance a check book, make a resume, fill out forms…), or we do them sometimes but inconsistently, or simply refuse to do what we really do know how (brush teeth, go to the bathroom before bursting, get enough sleep, eat right, put laundry away …. ).
ACoAs keep putting off doing certain things we’d actually like to have (a clean house, mended clothes, a better education, shed weight…), but we don’t want to do it – even tho it makes us feel bad about ourselves. We can’t win for losing!
E.A.: Shame, S-H, frustration, guilt, disgust
It may seem strange at first, but shutting off emotions or trying to sit on them is definitely a form of E.A.! Unfortunately for the deluded part of us (PP & WIC) we can’t change or control our emotions by repressing, ignoring or denying them – we can only freeze them – but they’re underneath, causing anxiety or painful numbness!
The more we try to control our Es, the stronger the unconscious counter-reaction, making us more & more frightened of ‘loosing control’. This leads to a vicious cycle of having intense Es —> pushing them down (repression) —> then maybe acting them out – badly, —> then having a negative internal reaction, —> then shutting down again….. adding more & more stress to our emotional pressure-cooker
EXP: Some of us can go day after day functioning normally on the outside, seemingly even-tempered & pleasant. Then all of a sudden we over-react to something relatively trivial or harmless – as if out of nowhere. We can’t figure out what happened & everyone around us is shocked.
It’s one sign that we’re been denying our Es, so they’ve piled up, since they don’t go away by being swept under the mental rug.
Eventually suppressed Es fill our energy capacity to the brim (emotions = energy to act) & we explode in rage, in a panic attack &/or physical illness OR implode into depression, mental confusion & immobility (T.E.A.)
• Unfortunately for our Inner Life our society was founded on Puritan stoicism, which included hiding emotions, being ashamed & afraid of them. This has been translated into political correctness – especially about showing Es in public, which are judged as ‘loosing it’ & a great sign of personal weakness. People feel uncomfortable with anyone who expresses pain overtly! Yet we are all born with Emotions, for good reasons, & need to accept & deal with them – appropriately
E.A.: In the process of not wanting to feel – mostly the Old Pain – we also shut off the pleasurable Emotions – joy, love, amusement, sympathy….
This is both being in Denial – not willing to ‘go inside’ to
dig out the mental & emotional garbage we accumulated from childhood on, AND deliberately choosing Suppression – to ignore unpleasant truths about ourselves we know but don’t want to face or correct (personal weaknesses).
While it may seem to be safer that way, it’s a sure way to slowly starve our heart, mind & soul – a way to never find out who & what our True Self is. Ignorance is NOT bliss!
E.A.: Powerlessness, to change things that don’t work for us – and the frustration of not being able to get un-stuck (leading to more S-H)
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