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Posted by Dinah on July 8, 2004, at 16:45:51

In reply to Re: More group Dinah, posted by tabitha on July 8, 2004, at 15:00:26

I do understand how difficult it is. Just being in the situation of trying to change your dysfunctional thought patterns while trying to hang on to who you are and your functional thought patterns is like balancing on a knife blade. How do you know whether any given thought pattern is dysfunctional or not. How do you know if your therapist is right on this particular situation or not. How much is personal growth and how much is group-thought impinging on our individuality. All horrendously difficult questions.

All too often we see people falling on one side of the blade and spout group thought and give up their critical thinking skills. Yet on the other side is stubborn adherence to ways of thinking that are clearly not rational or helpful (my mother being a prime example).

I don't know how to tell one from the other. I really don't. :(

And like I said, I understand why you don't want to give up your therapist or your time slot. My therapist was willing to step back and go back to a more supportive stance for as long as he thought that was all I could tolerate. I was just wondering if your therapist could do the same.

I agree with you that therapy shouldn't be causing you *that* much pain. :( Maybe there are some coping skills you can concentrate on for a while. I'm sorry your therapist isn't placing more emphasis on propping up those coping skills while you're feeling so bad.

 

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