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Bringing out the Bat

Posted by Tabitha on January 20, 2005, at 0:59:48

Tonight we did something different in my session. My T pulled a bat from behind her chair and told me to whack a chair with it while talking back to my critical parent. She had me whack every self-critical thought I'd described in the whole summary of my week. It was a leather-covered chair so pretty satisfying to whack it.

It brought up some different feelings than I've had before on this topic. A bunch of sadness came up, like if I get angry at these critical thoughts, it's like admitting they've been hurting my little girl. So she said I should feel sad, and my homework is to whack something at home when the critical parent is talking. She said that just talking back to the thoughts isn't helping enough-- I need something physical.

Anyway it was new and different, and felt like some new feelings came up. I had some self-critical thoughts about how I was batting, and we batted those too. Now I'll probably have self-critical thoughts about sharing this. I may need to buy a bat.




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