It’s so strange how at times when I’m obsessed in thought over something for days on end and decide to write a post, I seem to bump into other posts that mirror my thinking. I am in the middle of writing my own post about things I admire about survivors of abuse, and in my multi-tasking, I came across this post originally published in 2010 and wanted to share it with you all. We all need reminders of our strengths sometimes to help give us that extra push to keep moving forward, so here’s part one by a clinical psychologist who wanted to “honor the warrior in you.” So if you’re feeling exhausted, depleted, and emotionally spent, if you feel like you’re on the edge and need someone to help pull you back, take some time to read this post and meditate on why you’re stronger than iron and wonderfully amazing. As imperfect humans, we so readily spotlight our failures, weaknesses, mistakes, flaws, and bad points in our lives yet shy away from our successes, strengths, and achievements as though they are expected and therefore common and unremarkable.
Bask in your determination and resilience. You’ve earned it. ❤
(Thank you Dr. Young)
In talking about trauma and trauma therapy, do we forget to focus on strengths? Conversations generated by some of my recent posts prompted me to think about this. In the conversations about self-care a commenter pointed out that it is crucially important to acknowledge what the client is already doing to take care of her/himself (including coming to therapy!) rather than only focusing on deficits. Another commenter pointed out how the sensational nature of shows like Oprah’s 200 men fail to acknowledge and give equal time to trauma survivors’ skills, creativity and strengths.
All very true! It has certainly been my experience that each trauma survivor, no matter what their past and current struggles, has strengths very worth acknowledging. I hope that I see those strengths comes through in the tone and content of this blog. It is the sort of thing that is worth repeating often!
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