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Re: Voices cricket

Posted by Daisym on May 25, 2005, at 14:33:55

In reply to Voices, posted by cricket on May 25, 2005, at 9:23:05

Cricket,

I think you need to really feel that your therapist BELIEVES you when you talk about the voices. I suspect the war inside you is exactly as you said, the different parts of you want to talk in therapy. It is the perfect set up for them to be heard. A therapist who is experienced with this will know that one or more of these age states will be angry. So maybe you can ask your therapist how he responds to angry clients.

I think the only way through this is to be as honest as you can about things. And you have to decide if you can live with things the way they are or if you need to work towards integration. There are very different thoughts on this board about that, I want the younger parts of me to integrate so that I don't feel so fragmented. Other people are perfectly OK with being split and it doesn't interfere with their functioning.

One of the technics that really worked for me was "two voice writing." I would ask direct questions of my younger side and write whatever popped into my head. Sort of a stream of consciousness. It was an amazing dialog with myself and I uncovered things I didn't know I'd repressed. It was also a way to try to get comfortable with some of this because I felt like my therapist would think I was nuts...no offense intended.

Sometimes I worry that it is easier for me to have one of these other age states "own" the abuse or the anger or the negative thoughts. My therapist says that is fine, that this is how I've been able to handle things and function. I'm usually very straight forward about taking responsibility for things, so I don't want to duck this. (OK, yes I do.) But so far, these different states really feel like the truth and not a way to duck things.

 

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