Do you get defensive when someone questions you? Using your defensive skills may help your mental illness or eating disorder function in several ways.
- Denial: You completely reject the thought or feeling. “My eating disorder isn’t that big a problem; I can make it stop if I really put my mind to it.”
- Suppression: You are vaguely aware of the thought or feeling, but try to hide it. “My “X” is causing my friends to stop calling me but it hurts to feel the truth, so I don’t think about it much.”
- Reaction Formation: You turn the feeling into its opposite. “I’m just fine: happy, in control and bound to become more popular/successful.”
- Projection: You think someone else has your thought or feeling. “I can’t believe how obsessed my aunt is with food and weight.”
- Displacement: You redirect your feelings to another target. “The problem isn’t my ED; it is that my parents to invasive and controlling.”
- Rationalization: you come up with various explanations to justify the situation (while denying your feelings). “Having a mental illness and/or eating disorder helps me develop self-control, which it will be useful to succeed in life.”
- Intellectualization: A type of rationalization, only more intellectualized. “My mental health disorder/eating disorder has arisen because of extensional confusion and I need it because it gives me life structure and meaning.”
- Regression: You revert to an old, usually immature behavior to ventilate your feelings. “Life is too hard and I just want to be taken care of.”
Personally, I can relate to all of these at one time or another.
How about you? Can you relate to any of these? If so, which one(s) and why.
Have an amazing day!
I know I am remiss in keeping my blog up to date. This week has been busy with group dialogue and learning. Between learning how to ground when you feel anxious, to where on a scale of 1 to 10 not to mention learning what defense mechanism that may function with my eating disorder, I just needed some time to process and by process I mean, not look at anything til today.
I’ve been reading 50 Shades of Grey and I know why I am, it is to escape and let my brain relax. I’ve read books 2 and 3 and saw the movie on Valentine’s Day with my love. Now, I’m reading Book 1. I know, I’m weird lol, but for me now I can visually see the actors in all their parts, plus I can see what the movie didn’t include.
I hit a car last weekend. I should reiterate, I hit the bumper as I was reversing backwards to the road, I didn’t realize at first and when I was notified I went and returned to where it happened. It will be handled though my insurance, just not thrilled that even though my liability will take care of everything, it does mean it will go up :(.
Yesterday, I was short fused and I could feel it. Everything has been irritating me and I hate it when this happens. Especially when I don’t know exactly why.
I am worried about one of my dogs. She’s 13 and has started showing signs of what I am quite sure is a seizure. They have happened when I’ve been there and have attended to her. She has been in good health to this point, albeit a cough, but otherwise fine. I will be making arrangements to have her to the vet to get a blood test to see if she is lacking anywhere in nutrients; but at this point I’m confident this is neurological; which can be treated usually with medication and a change in some areas of her diet. Given she is fed a raw diet, its usually just a slight adjustment.
I hope you all are having a great weekend!
Boy was this is a deep and heavy group this morning! Some things are becoming clearer slowly.
When we look at our “ideal self” this is usually someone else’s view of how we are/should be, (supposed to act). Here is a list of examples for your Ideal Self:
- Don’t Cry
- Hide Emotion
- Deny her/him own feelings
- “I’m strong/ I don’t need help”
- Might think people don’t care about her/him
- Unable to grieve
- Fear of letting her/himself being loved
The best way to describe this area is that you are able to express emotions.
- You are able to love
- You are able to grieve
- You are able to feel (show) emotion
- You are able to cry
- You can feel safe
- You can be vulnerable
- You can let yourself be open to be comforted
- You can feel happier
- You can feel acknowledged
This is where one would ask themselves “who am I”, “who do I want to be?” This is where I find myself. I don’t know who I am, I know who I have been, and how life has changed over time albeit slowly.
- Being able to compromise
- May feel complicated
- Could be striving
- May be confused
- Trying to find clarity
- Feeling fear and frustration
- How to be (figure out) oneself
I’ve started to recognize when my BPD is wanting to over take my thoughts. I was talking to my spouse and I told him that I really want to stay present (in our conversation) but I found myself feeling angry, abandoned and frustrated with our conversation. The details of the conversation don’t really matter, what matters is that I said out loud that I am struggling to stay present at this moment.
We continued to talk some more and it helped to think about other ways to stay present. My spouse said perhaps I may need to radically accept that the situation is what it is and that I don’t have control over it. That is very true, but I tell you my BPD, would just kick in its thoughts all negative and very destructive.
I don’t know how things will turn out with our conversation, I hope there will be calmness and understanding. For now, I am trying to settle the emotions I feel on the inside.
I am writing today so I can get the thoughts out and also be able to reflect when I have a bad next time. That I can see that there can be progress, even when I feel like there isn’t.
So I’ve started my next “mini group”, these run for about 4 weeks. This one is on the title above. Yesterday we discussed traditional assumptions. Some of the questions asked were:
- Do any of them remind you of rules you learned as a child?
- Do you still believe that they apply to you as an adult?
Below I will share two lists, Mistaken Assumption and Legitimate Right. These rights are a reminder that you have a choice about what you believe and that you are no longer an unquestioning child, but rather an adult with alternatives.
I realized that for me to understand Mistaken Assumption I took it mean (learned behaviors), which helped me quite a bit.
Unfortunately the columns I created seem to be all over the place and I need to figure out how to correct them.
Your rigid views challenge me everyday
I realize I have been this way for a long time.
I hear your voice saying “oh there’s a jiggle” as you grab my inner thigh. I am embarrassed that you would do such a thing.
Now to this day as my weight is a bit higher, I hear your voice as my thighs touch a bit when walking down a hall.
Today I am learning that I am worthy of love
Today I am worthy of self compassion
Today I am worthy of healing