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How about thinking about it this way... Dinah

Posted by Racer on February 15, 2004, at 16:25:20

In reply to Shame - is my therapist perpetuating it?, posted by Dinah on February 15, 2004, at 12:10:55

Just as there are perfectly normal and healthy things you don't do in public, maybe there are perfectly normal and healthy things you don't show in public? You know, like you (probably) don't floss your teeth in public, or use the lav in public, or have sex in public. By the same token, maybe we don't have to show some of the emotional reality to everyone -- but it's still normal to have it?

I think about some of this a lot: what is the boundary between being "healthy" and being a "professional patient." The conclusion I've come to is that we all go through stages where we overthink all of it, but then manage to come out the other side. Well, at least we hope we do ;-)

Talking to your T about it is probably the best idea so far on this thread. It's a suitable topic for therapy, and I'd be interested in hearing what he has to say if you choose to share it here.


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