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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.

 

Re: Bringing out the Bat Tabitha

Posted by crushedout on January 20, 2005, at 6:18:27

In reply to Bringing out the Bat, posted by Tabitha on January 20, 2005, at 0:59:48


I think that sounds really healthy. I can sort of imagine how it must have felt. And your post made me laugh (the last line very comedic, shall we say).

 

Re: Bringing out the Bat Tabitha

Posted by Shortelise on January 20, 2005, at 23:16:12

In reply to Bringing out the Bat, posted by Tabitha on January 20, 2005, at 0:59:48

That's brilliant. There is a theory that including movement with thought imporves the learning process. To whack a chair with a bat while thinking about those critical thoughts would, I imagine, really move them around, really speed things up.

That really is brilliant. I am going to try it. Maybe not with a bat and a chair, but I'll find something.

Thanks T.

ShortE

 

Re: Bringing out the Bat... ok Shortelise

Posted by just plain jane on January 22, 2005, at 1:19:01

In reply to Re: Bringing out the Bat Tabitha, posted by Shortelise on January 20, 2005, at 23:16:12

Hmmmmmm... I think you're onto something here.

A bat, eh???

I expect that would be less painful for me than banging my fist into my forehead has been.

:O

j pj


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