Posted by Dinah on March 23, 2002, at 11:34:49
I am in the midst of an intraDinah war, with my emotional self and my rational self at odds with each other. My therapist has suggested that I try having a conversation with myself using my left hand to write for my emotional side and my right hand to write with my rational side. In my current feelings of charity with him, I have decided to not just laugh at his suggestion but to try it seriously. (Although my first thought was that he's been reading a bit too much pop-psych again.)
Has anyone done this? Has anyone gotten any results?
I don't even know how you go about it. He was pretty nondirective about the specifics. Do I ask a question and then sit with the pencil in my left hand hoping for a response? Or do I just start writing what I think my emotional self would say and then see if it turns into anything?
My darn emotional self isn't very verbal and largely communicates through bolts of feelings, leaving me to figure out what "she" wants. All I know for sure is that "her" objectives are different than mine. And that "she" is angry with me right now, for reasons I am only partly clear about. I'm not to happy with "her" either, since one of "her" weapons is the urge to hurt myself.
Darn. This just sounds too weird in writing. I wonder if I'll hit the confirm button?