Tiptoeing the Line Between the Mirror and Myself...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
How beliefs are so hard to change
The next few posts will be on thoughts from my therapy appointments. Ahh, C., my therapist, says interesting words which always prove to be food for thought.
I've talked about how one of my goals this year was working on trauma-related issues from the past. It's a cognitive behavioral approach which I do think can be effective at times. We've put aside working on this since there were a lot of other issues which felt more pertinent to me at the time.
Currently, I'm working on the continuance of challenging my belief system through a series of questions/answers, exercises in ways of thinking differently, as well as going through emotional feelings, etc, you know all the CBT stuff. We went over my last assignment which I admit I probably should have worked on more. As I was reading my list of beliefs, saying them aloud, and answering the module questions, I suddenly felt very frustrated. At this point, I just wanted to shut my notebook, throw my hands in the air, and say how this was all stupid. I told C. "you know I know all these beliefs are irrational."
Her reply was, "Okay, this might be true that you know these beliefs are irrational, but how much do you really try to change them?"
Okay, I guess she got me there. That keyword of change. I don't know how much I am trying to do that, honestly. Well, I am, but right now my emotions don't feel as intense, therefore, there is a lackluster approach to feel the need for necessary change. And as horrible as it sounds, sometimes, I feel like putting myself in a situation where that type of trauma occurred, just so I could truly feel those emotions again. However, my logical side kicks in knowing that could be harmful and lead to possible irreparable damage. (this reminds me quite a bit of the parallels ED)
So going back to beliefs and change. How much do we do this with eating disorders? Obviously, that is part of the emotional point of treatment and recovery. I run across so many eating disordered individuals who all know so many things rationally, but I think have such a difficulty in really feeling and changing their beliefs about themselves. Most of them could tell anyone else how whatever feeling, behavior, etc, was irrational, but however, when it is about them, the rules somehow change, they are different (myself included here) A friend of mine often tells me when I am spouting out my justifications for ED this or that, "Do you hear yourself?" It actually does give me pause to think. Still though, why do we have to be our own worst critic?
I guess I'm feeling slightly frustrated with myself for having difficulty with this and not trying as hard as I could be, knowing that if I don't work on it now, it will only continue to bite me in the ass time and time again. :sigh: