Friday, August 19, 2022

How to help our patients defuse or reprocess past inaccurate or unhelpful narratives

When something “bad” happened to us in the past, we can only process that and make meaning of that with our level of understanding at the time.

That’s not necessarily a big problem for “that time”.

The real problem is, as humans, we have a tendency to carry that same narrative or explanation into our future, often for years or decades.

So if something bad happened to us when we were 9 or 10, is that narrative or level of emotional processing at that time accurate anymore?

Is it helpful anymore?
Is it adaptable anymore?
Is it relevant anymore?

Learning how to be aware of these, defuse from these, and perhaps “reprocessing” them, are important things to consider aren’t they?

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