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A key word that you will see:

Fragmentation: a mental process where a person becomes intensely emotionally focused on one aspect of themselves, such as “I am angry” or “no one loves me,” to the point where all thoughts, feelings and behavior demonstrate this emotional state, in which, the person does not or is unable to take into account the reality of their environment, others or themselves and their resources. This is a term that my therapist and I use and is on the continuum of dissociation.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Are You Cushioned ~ Part II

I forgot a very important part of the post.  Here it is:

If anyone has purchased, received or sent a breakable item, you can’t deny the importance of it protecting fragile contents. Having completed most of my Christmas shopping online, I have a whole box to reuse or pop and recycle. So, I was sitting just staring at the bubble wrap and began to think about the importance of having protection around ourselves for those bumps, tosses and squashings of life. For bubble wrap, if there is an area that is damaged, then that part of the item becomes vulnerable which is why there are layers usually.

So, I wondered what is it that protects us from the bumps along the garden path? I wasn’t thinking in terms of faith, spirituality, friends, family or anything materialistic. I was wondering about personality characteristics. I think, about what I have been through in my life and it is my sense of humor/humour, resilience, thoroughness, and stubbornness, just to name a few.

What do you think are some of the personality traits that cushion someone from the bumps or squashing of their Garden path?

Go deeper. It is okay to say nice, positive things about yourself. What personality traits get you through the Garden path’s bumps and squashing?


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