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Negative Thinking (NT) (cont.)
Re. Our BODY
UNTRUE – At one extreme are the ACoAs who are hypochondriacs — a disorder making a person believe that symptoms, real or imagined, are signs of a serious illness, even when medical science can prove otherwise. It’s their preoccupation with health, misinterpreting a physical sensation & making it something it’s not.
Illness becomes a part of the hypochondriac’s identity, causing relationships & work problems. It occurs in men and women equally.
This relentless unrealistic NT about our body is a substitute (defense) for not feeling the huge backlog of hidden painful emotions we’ve had bury to survive. And long-term, it harms our immune system (Psycho-Neuro-Immunology).
TRUE – On the other hand, many ACoAs suffer from real physical problems, FROM:
• being under constant emotional, mental & spiritual stress as kids, plus physical/sexual abuse, which later creates medical conditions
• years of addictions, self-abuse & neglect
• hereditary factors in alcoholic families: birth traumas, childhood ailments, mental illness, bad teeth & gums, depression, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, ADD, SAD, EDS, severe food allergies (wheat, sugar…) various auto-immune & environmental illness & other chemical imbalances
➼ Whether inherited or self-inflicted – it’s imperative that we do not use NT toward our bodies. We must never, ever, curse our cells or wounded parts! If we stay fearful, worried, projecting the worst, OR rage at our organs, limbs, nervous system… the body absorbs that negative energy & may take longer to heal or maybe not at all. (Cartoons re. responses to Physical vs Mental illness)
Healthy EXP: Jody had a motor-bike accident which damaged a muscle group just above one knee & caused a limp. Along with Feldenkeris & Brain Gym, she spent time doing Positive Inner Dialogue. She pictured the injury & talked tenderly to her leg – “I love you & am so sorry you’re hurt. I can see the cells repairing themselves using the healing energy I’m sending you. You’re important to me & I need you. I want you to be strong again… ” While the muscle took longer to heal, the limp cleared up right away & all of the damage was eventually repaired.
• This is a more subtle form of NT – saying bad things about objects, places, events…. anything not alive. Many people think it’s perfectly ok to call things insulting names : ‘Damn that stupid chair! I stub my toe on it every time!’ or ‘My car is such a piece of shit. It’s always breaking down.’
• What’s wrong with that? They don’t have feelings, so what’s the big deal? Well, it’s more of the same – projecting our WIC’s early experiences onto outside objects AND putting out more negative energy, which then gets reinforced by others. Reciprocal negative attraction explains why some people keep moving in the wrong direction, ie. away from ease, comfort & safety in their life.
Reality Check • Since the chair is inanimate, stubbing your toe will have something to do with the placement of the chair and/or the way you move thru space. In her autobiography Nancy Friday tells of constantly getting black & blue from bumping into things. In therapy she learned that she was unconsciously punishing herself for her (repressed) rage at her mother
• And the car may be old & breaking down, but it’s not the fault of the car. Maybe of the manufacturer, or yours – for not taking better care of it – or it just needs to be replaced & you’re mad & ashamed because you can’t afford to!
ACoAs tend to get things backwards, blaming things instead of identifying the real source of our pain. To be emotionally & mentally clean we need to identify & own:
😣 our disowned emotions (anger, hopelessness, disappointment, fear…) which then get projected on to others
😡 that we ignore actual harmful experiences, & then redirect our anger & hurt back on to ourselves or to innocuous objects
Blatantly negativity is hard to miss, but ours can be subtle, so others may not even realize how often we’re thinking that way.
NEXT: “Being Negative (Part 4)