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Janine, I've heard you say that people need to be willing to change in order to get well, what kind of "change" do you mean?
 
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No short answer for this one...and I think somewhere deep down, you know that.

Each person probably needs to change in some unique way - might be that someone believes they need NOBODY and they secretly fear they are really TOO needy so they detach from everyone to never have to deal with that. OR someone might always be terribly NICE to everyone and never feel anger, maybe because they're afraid that deep down they have murderous rage, so they avoid the entire anger issue by just submitting to everyone around them and becoming a victim.

Each person has gotten STUCK in some self-lie (or likely, many of them). We go into therapy and want the shrink to fix our symptoms, but dont' want to touch the "way we are" - we say "no, that's not a problem for me, I just want to change THIS"

Can't have that.

Symptoms are systemic, they're related to the entire STRUCTURE of the self we've created over the years. We can't just tune up PART of self without really being willing to rehaul the entire engine. And we're petrified of that, so we stay stuck.
 

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Well what if you did find out something horrible about yourself during therepy? Then what?
 
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It won't be "horrible" and its not something you don't already know.

The mind is so funny - we both know and don't know the things we hide from. You are not going to discover you're really an ax murderer, lol...the things we find out are actually things we learn to FACE rather than hide from, that's all.

And it's actually the PROCESS of the entire experience that heals, not the individual fact or trait that we're hiding from. The thing you're doing here is a good example (and I did it too) - trying to ask questions to know ahead of time what you'll find....trying to think one step ahead of yourself, as a way of avoiding self-surprise. The things we ultimately face are not awful, but we're SO resistant to letting go of our massive need of control - needing to KNOW fully what an expeirence will bring before we acutally experience it.
 
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