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Shame - is my therapist perpetuating it?

Posted by Dinah on February 15, 2004, at 12:10:55

When I was a girl, I learned during the time I was emotionally unstable that there were parts of me that were not acceptable. So I either cut those parts off, or more likely, left them behind. And I became She Who Is As She Should Be. And for so long, I thought that was all there was to me. And boy, did it work. I was taken off all medication, released from the psychiatrist's care, my mother and daddy loved me again. And I figured that that was just the way it was. That there were parts of me too shameful to be shown. That even my nearest and dearest loved She Who Is As She Should Be while not being too fond of She Who Is As She Is.

When I started therapy, I slowly grew back in touch with the disenfranchised parts of myself. And my therapist accepts them and that feels good. But it just occurred to me. While he accepts them, he's also really clear that he thinks that the only place they should be exposed is in therapy.

Which leads me back to the assumption that these really are unacceptable and shameful parts of myself. In the end, does his approach do me any good?




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