Session three of therapy today. It’s getting a little easier as far as talking to a complete stranger about my problems goes. I find it hard to sleep on therapy nights; so much crap from my past gets dredged up and keeps my mind too busy to sleep. I have a lot of nightmares since starting therapy, as well. My subconscious is trying to work through it all, but is showing signs of progress as it turns out.
I dreamed that I went to see my mom for the first time in years. And it took guts. But I went for it. Things immediately went downhill. There was no “Hi, how are you?” She went straight into trying to destroy my marriage. She reported domestic abuse that didn’t even happen to the cops. She hadn’t seen me or my husband in years, she knew NOTHING about us and then pulls this stunt. She took my phone and tried to cut me off from my own husband. Now me and my kid were under her roof, under her control and manipulation, just like she wanted. I let it happen before in real life, but this dream had a different ending. I saw through her manipulation this time. And I fought back. I let her have it. In a blind rage, I screamed at her and blamed her for divorcing my dad, amongst many other things. I then took my phone back and called my husband to pick us up and leave immediately.
My subconscious is taking my past, and mixing it with my present. It’s telling me that I don’t have to take shit from anyone, not even my own family. I have a mind of my own, now. Something I’m just discovering, sadly. I have been manipulated and controlled my whole life. But it ends here and now.
I have a lot of work ahead of me, though. I also learned today that I am really mean to myself. I was instructed to try positive affirmations and to be more aware of my inner dialogue and thought process. I need to change the channel when those self-hating thoughts rear their ugly heads. I have always been a perfectionist and really hard on myself, so this will be a huge undertaking to say the least. My INFJ personality type is kind of notorious for being their own worst critic, so I’m actually rewiring my brain here. It’s overwhelming. I need to take this one step at a time, which presents another challenge: INFJs are forward thinkers, but this requires me to be in the moment…hmmm.