Being Kind

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Slim

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Being Kind
« on: November 11, 2018, 10:37:50 AM »
Being kind to myself, makes me agitated, and makes me want to run away and escape.
Children who have grown up in State run children's homes, often react the same way, being suspicious of any kindness, fearful of where it might lead.

So whether the kindness comes from within me or outside, the alarm bells sound.

How can I get well, when kindness triggers traumatic memories?

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I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.
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Deep Blue

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Re: Being Kind
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2018, 03:08:27 PM »
Hey Slim,
Im sorry about your kindness trigger.  Im not sure if it will help but lately when Im triggered Ive been telling myself im safe. 

Any chance you could do something similar?  Is telling yourself you are safe triggering as well? 

Hope you find answers

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Slim

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Re: Being Kind
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2018, 04:37:02 PM »
Yes Deep Blue, thanks for sharing that. I will try to do that, and see how I get on. It is such an obvious thing to do, but trauma is like a blindfold sometimes, don't you think?

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Deep Blue

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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2018, 04:44:39 PM »
I wholeheartedly agree with you.  Often when Im triggered I forget what I did last time to get myself out of it.  Just another lovely effect  :stars:

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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2018, 05:23:18 PM »
Agree with all of the above. After I realize I'm probably triggered, I have a mantra: "It is now, I am here, I am safe."

Rinse and repeat.

As far as being kind to myself, I will sometimes tell myself I am being kind to a "part" of me - for instance, a child-part within me. It's easier to treat a child the way he/she should be treated, than to treat myself functionally.
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2018, 05:38:23 PM »
Slim, kindness triggers still plague me. When it happens I assess the situation, look at the facts, inquire about intentions, notice how I feel ask myself, do these feelings match the actions I am experiencing? Then I am a bit closer to being present to it.

 :hug: may you find a way through that works for you

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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2018, 06:53:02 PM »
I can relate, but I have found that there has never been an option in which I  can enact abuse on myself, including neglecting to be kind and respectful towards myself, and recover.  There is dissonance and a feeling of threat somehow, in self-kindness.  It is the very definition of unfamiliar because what I learned about myself in my family arose from lack of kindness and respect.

The way I see it, I have a choice in this between the 'familiar' , - quite literally what I originally derived from my family, and the unfamiliar and frightening experience of self-compassion, self-kindness and self-respect.  Without these, I can never deeply connect with others who might validate these attitudes, or with the world itself.

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Re: Being Kind
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2018, 07:39:02 PM »
As far as being kind to myself, I will sometimes tell myself I am being kind to a "part" of me - for instance, a child-part within me. It's easier to treat a child the way he/she should be treated, than to treat myself functionally.

It was the same for me for a long time. The fact that it's now different - long story and not relevant here.

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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2018, 04:35:09 PM »
 :hug: :hug: :hug:  I love that Tennessee Williams quote. 

I don't think kindness is a trigger for me, but I am deeply suspicious when someone is kind to me.  I always question whether they truly mean it and if they are secretly resentful at having done it.  Sometimes I just don't know how to handle it.  Am I supposed to reciprocate? Will the kind person be upset if I don't reciprocate or in the right way?  It sometimes feels like a test that I am set up to fail.