BT- Burying Thoughts
When we bury dreaded thoughts they surface in unwelcome ways. They can manifest as compulsive behavior, sudden panic, bad dreams, physical maladies or serious distortions in our perceptions. The problem with identifying and treating buried thoughts is that they are not readily recognized. It is as if the dreaded thoughts do not exist. We are consequently left perplexed as we suffer intrusive or bizarre symptoms. We get better when we interrupt this avoidant coping mode. It is then that our defenses let up and we are allowed to assess our maladjusted beliefs and connect them to recollections of our misfortunes. Mindfulness Based Anxiety Reduction radically accepts our emotional experience and provides the bases for a new way of coping.
When we cope with dreaded feelings and thoughts with the avoidant coping mode Burying Thoughts we can become spacey and disconnected. We withdraw inside, cutting off some of the world around us. This way of coping comes at a cost. As we dissociate ourselves from our experience our memory becomes impaired and we lose intellectual vitality. Our ability to respond to the things around becomes difficult.
Burying Thoughts that we consider dreadful can also result in migraines skin rashes and bowel problems. Burying Thoughts is a poor long-term solution.
Getting better from Burying Thoughts is generally and perhaps preferably a slow going process. By slowly coming out of the practice of Burying Thoughts we can maintain our current level of functioning and heal our wounds gradually.
We start by learning to resist the immediate practice of Burying Thoughts. In other words, we start facing our experience, becoming unconditionally interested in what we are thinking and what we are feeling. This initiates our recovery.
Record your answers to the following questions in your JOURNAL:
This Compensatory Mode is active in my life. The evidence that confirms this is as follows:
This Compensation Mode is not active in my life. The evidence that refutes this is as follows: