Living the Truth Exercise
If you lost someone you loved as a child or adolescent, does that make you worry about ever letting yourself love someone you could lose?
If you grew up worried one of your parents might not stay with the family (or if one did leave), have you become so clingy in relationships that they fall apart?
If you were locked in intense sibling rivalry, do you see your partners in life as competitors, too? Does that interfere with your financial success?
If you were seriously ill during your childhood or young adulthood, do you wonder whether you seek too much support from others? Do you reject any support because it reminds you of when you were so vulnerable?
If you confronted learning differences or were bullied in school, did you use food to soothe yourself? Do you still?
If someone you loved was an alcoholic, did you end up thinking it was your job to save that person? Do you think you have to save everyone?
If your family had a lot of financial stress, do you find yourself reproducing it because it feels like home?
If you were told that sex was “dirty,” do you find yourself in a tug-of-war with your impulses--overeating and feeling guilty about it, buying and returning big purchases, falling head-over-heels in “love,” then suddenly feeling like running away?
If there was a lot of conflict in the home you grew up in, do you retreat from any conflict at all and let others take advantage of you? Or are you drawn to conflict because it’s the way you learned to communicate?
If you moved many times as a young person, do you wonder whether relationships can really last and end up shortciruiting them? Or do you try desperately to keep relationships going even when they’re not working for you?
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