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I guess I still don't understand judy1

Posted by Anyuser on August 8, 2002, at 12:53:49

In reply to I think that's a great question Anyuser, posted by judy1 on August 8, 2002, at 11:38:40

What does your therapist mean by saying you are not safe here? Does she mean that you might read comments that upset you, or you might develop ideas that retard your progess?

My mood disorder is characterized by a lot of dread. Pretty much everything scares the hell out of me. My mood disorder is aggravated by a chronic physical illness. Reality for me is scarier than a nightmare. I don't expect to feel safe. The medical pros that treat me don't expect me to feel safe.

It just seems to me that "civility" is a useful rule for discourse that allows discussion of anything, however scary. Maybe life, reality, truth, however you want to say it, isn't "safe," and that perhaps the main purpose of psychological treatment is to deal with unavoidable fact of danger.

I think maybe "safety" is a term of art among counselors, and I'm just not clued into the meaning.


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