Double BINDS – Escaping (Part 9)

escape DBs 

of finding a way out of this tangle

PREVIOUS: DBs – Part 8b



ESCAPING DBs – requires:

• flexible thinking – giving up either/or (B & W) limitations
• a capacity to see beyond the obvious
• being curious & creative, willing to take risks
• having the courage to let go of the past & it’s ‘training’

🌱Find your own ways to “leave the field of the DB”. Be creative.
Use multiple visible & meta perspectives, which can make a difficult situation manageable. Distinguish between :
• ongoing life events (career – upper level meaning)
• a specific events (‘fight’ with boss – lower level) and
• the difference between them (the ‘fight’ isn’t going to end your career) you
Pick out positive parts of the DMs you can focus on & ignore the others: “Take what you like & leave the rest”, Al-Anon

🌱 Intense Emotional Attachment – The R’s anxiety of stepping outside the DB is the Fear of Abandonment – losing the symbiotic S&I from Sdependence on the S.

GOAL: become the center of our Adult universe (‘first position’):
• accept & love our Inner Child just as he/she is
• work to uncover our True Self
• practice emotional honesty
• own your strengths & accumulated knowledge

🌱 Doing vs Being – Separate your actions from your identity – they are not the same. We know this because there’s a big difference between how we act from damaged vs how we act from our Healthy Adult / Natural Self

🌱 Look for the Payoff – Our dilemma: while DBs really do trap us & we may complain bitterly about not ‘getting anywhere’, many ACoAs are so used to being stuck & uncomfortable they won’t do anything to change it. What’s familiar FEELS ‘comforting’ – & we hate feeling uncomfortable. SO – which is it? Are we comfortable or miserable in our DB world? Pick a side.

EXPWIC / ACoA ‘logic’ =: If I’m damned either way, that gets me off the hook. “I’m crazy & irresponsible because my hormones are out of whack OR I’m manic-depressive, OR just plain lazy….”
SO – I don’t have to do hard / painful emotions work, I don’t have to take care of myself & still get to be loyal to the family. Yipeee! – NOT

COMPROMISE – There are always options, & not all compromise is bad! AND not a sign of weakness. It shows you care about someone or something beyond yourself.
• We don’t have to like some that can make the needed shift, but if they help us get un-stuck, they’re worth it. If we stop seeing every situation as all-or-nothing, we often find at least the start of a solution.

Aristotle noted that doing ‘virtuous’ things isn’t fun at first, but can become fun once you get in the habit. And to create the habit we may have to push ourselves. Since many of us are not allowed to be self-motivating, outside help to get past the inertia can be the incentive to get our engine turning over

EXP: we might be given the DB: “Don’t be childish – do what you’re told!” MEANING:
1. act like an adult, AND at the same time
2. be a child & obey, sometimes sweetened with “Besides it’ll be fun / feel good / work out, once you get going”…..
Pick a side – or a 3rd option – & stick to it!

PARADOX – A positive use of paradox can also be an escape from a DB. The Inner Child loves to do the opposite of what it’s told. Right?
• Can’t sleep, but desperately want to?
Decide to stay awake all night, to remove the pressure. You may stay up as long as you want, OR —> just not having to will do the trick, & soon your eyes will close on their own
• Afraid to go to a party?
Decide to only stay for 15 min & then leave. Removing the pressure of having to be on & being acceptable allows you to go, & maybe even enjoy it enough to stay a little longer. Or not. (From “No way out? 3 ways to help….” )

NEXT:  DBs # 10

2 thoughts on “Double BINDS – Escaping (Part 9)

  1. I really liked this post: Part 8. I can use some of this to help me try to keep my current house crisis in perspective and manageable.

    1.) I keep telling myself again and again, “It’s going to be okay.” That helps me gain some perspective and calm down somewhat. This is just one specific event out of many events toward my quest to gain financial freedom and emotional recovery. This isn’t going to end my ability to be financially free nor my goal of emotional healing. I need to stay mentally and physically flexible. If I end up having to move, it’s still going to be okay. It really is.

    2.) Separate your identity from your behavior, so you don’t go into shame or S-H. Your actions are not your identity. Just because I made this mistake, it doesn’t mean that I’m a bad person. I made a mistake – that’s all. It’s not WHO I am. I have been prone to feeling a lot of shame over this house incident. So this truth is critical for me to believe. (NOTE: If I can make this apply to my “big loss,” I would gain so much: esteem, confidence, levity, self-worth, happiness, etc. I have got to make this a primary goal of recovery. When I manage to believe for a few hours that God still loves me and has not thrown me outside of his world completely [i.e., when I manage to believe that my action is not my identity], then I feel a lot better. This is a difficult task though because there seem to be big intellectual obstacles in the way. But I have to keep trying because it makes such a difference. Let me try “turning this over.”)

    3.) The goal is to develop your own identity & become the center of your adult universe (‘first position’): accept & love your Inner Child just as he/she is, work to find out what your True Self is made up of, become your own motivation (internal referencing), own your strengths & accumulated knowledge, & practice emotional honesty. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 I was getting a sense of what this is all about before my house crisis hit. But if it happened once, then I can get back there again when the house issues start to resolve. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


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