Strong at the broken places

“The world breaks everyone and afterward some are strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway I’ve just finished reading another book about child abuse. I love to learn more about the issues that affect me, and it is always illuminating to explore different perspectives and read the stories of other survivors. I thought I’d start…

Do you have death anxiety?

I like Irvin Yalom. He seems like a good guy. I know every therapist I’ve ever spoken to adores him. After doing therapy for a while now, I can see the benefit of his common sense approach, based on empathy and being genuine. I’ve been reading Yalom’s ‘Creatures of a Day’. I don’t like it…

Waking the tiger (who came to tea)

I’ve been reading ‘Waking the Tiger’ by Peter Levine. It’s a fascinating book about trauma and healing, there’s so much wisdom in there. Also, I think I have a strong affinity with literary tigers, since being obsessed with ‘The tiger who came to tea’ when I was tiny.

Chronic shame

Sometimes I get these humorous little moments that allow me to laugh at how insane I am. Like last night, when I was in bed reading my book about chronic shame and using a tray of Lorazepam as a book mark. Sometimes I just pause for a minute and laugh at myself. Which certainly adds…

What is real? The Velveteen Rabbit asked the Skin Horse

“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’ ‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit. ‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always…