I feel like so much has happened over the last few months, weeks, days, yet I have a difficult time putting them into words… sometimes because I’m really busy, other times because I cannot remember what happened, exactly. I seem to be doing really well at work, which is good, but I still struggle with my relationship issues. I think that is where my greatest issues are. I’m not very good at being vulnerable with people and it makes me very anxious to do so. Last night in group I almost left because I was feeling so anxious about a response from one of my group members. She didn’t attack me or anything, but more so dismissed what I was saying and sort of made me feel bad about saying what I did. I literally almost freaked and left. It was in that moment that I realized she represents some part of my relationship with J, and others, that triggers this in me.
There is one guy in my group who is a very good Imago match… as in, he is almost exactly like J. So, I have a heightened response to him when he opens up in groups because I desire to hear or see those things in J. It can be difficult, but it is also good for me to see. M, the girl in my group who got to me yesterday, really makes me feel those times that I am dismissed and sort of invalidated–mostly by J. I didn’t realize that until last night and it was very painful. I was hot, tearing, couldn’t talk above a whisper. Felt like I was either going to bolt or vomit or both. The group encouraged me to talk about what I was feeling despite the fact that I didn’t want to, and I did, so it ended up being very good for me. Very difficult, but good overall. That’s one of the essential things I’m learning from group…to simply say what I need to say. I listen to that John Mayer song “Say” a lot. It is sort of my little mantra.
For those of you struggling with mental health issues, and I think most of us are if we were to be honest with ourselves, don’t be afraid to push yourself into the painful parts of therapy. There will be good that comes out of it. Being in a place where I can admit my fears openly and can admit my anxieties without fear of rejection is huge.
Take care of one another.