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Re: How'd it go today? mair

Posted by tabitha on August 11, 2004, at 14:32:03

In reply to Re: How'd it go today? tabitha, posted by mair on August 11, 2004, at 12:17:36

last week I wore her down and she said OK I didn't have to do the 6 weeks termination. She also said that I don't have the ego strength to do group right now. So she gave permission for me to quit, but in a way that makes it sound like it's all my problem. Great, I lack ego strength. Woe is me.

But I suspect she'll tell me she's proud of me for doing the 2 week notice, and tell me I did well in the session.

I just don't get it. In my individual sessions, when I talk about conflict with other people, she advises me to tread so carefully, and word things kindly, and balance the criticism with praise, and basically weasel-word it to death so it isn't too harsh. The message seems to be, criticism is hard for people and you need to be very careful with it if you care about the relationships. Yet I'm supposed to be able to tolerate heaping helpings of angry criticism from group members and just shake it off? It's a contradiction to me. Just one of the many mysteries of this experience.

 

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