Friday, November 30, 2012

Lucid Analysis Trials in Therapy: The Uncertainty Factor


Hey look! A Lucid Analysis! It feels like forever since I’ve done one of these… probably because it’s been 3 weeks since I had therapy (Last Thursday was a holiday here so I didn’t have therapy).

Sooo, yeah. I’ve been up and down a lot lately. Not wildly, uncontrollably up and down, but definitely up and down. I’ve been a little depressed as well.

Last Saturday a buddy of mine got ahold of me. His birthday is coming up and he really wants me there. However he’s also still friends with my (now not BFF) Riot (BPD Friend #2) and her long time best friend the Jaded Monster of Anger and Nastiness (that’s not her real name, it’s just what I call her).

I told him I could probably deal with seeing Riot but I want nothing to do with J-MAN. Here’s the thing. I used to be friends with her too. When I was living with Evil-Ex they were the first real friends I made here after moving to NY. He made my life hell for wanting my own friends so I effectively had to include him in everything I was doing. He sort of became friends with them as well (as a way to control me). After we broke up for good (mind you this is after a good chunk of the abuse, including him trying to kill me) they were still sort of friends with him? We were talking about having a party at Riots and I asked if we could just not invite him. J-MAN said they were still friends and it would be rude. I was in a pretty vulnerable place because of the things he was still doing to me and planning to do to me. I broke down in tears. J-MAN and I went outside and sat on the street curb. I confided in her all the nasty things that he’d done, that I found out he was planning to do, that even his “best friends” were afraid of him. She was very comforting and supportive. I actually felt very close to her. Until a little while later I found out that she went right to him and told him everything I said and even wrongly through Doc under his radar. The consequences of that mess were incredibly hurtful for me and Doc. We had to live with the consequences of her actions, not her.

After that I was done. Black. Done. I don’t show things like this though. I was still very involved with Riot and she was a necessary annoyance so I continued to be civil even though being near her was a betrayal stabbing me in the heart.

Plus she’s just mean. She’s sarcastic in that biting hurtful way, to everyone. Especially people she considers friends. She bitter, jaded, and outwardly nasty to people. She’s just very unpleasant to be around.

So I don’t want to be around her. I told my buddy that I honestly didn’t know if I would be able to deal with seeing them. It would depend on my mood that day and if I felt I was in a place that I was emotionally capable of handling the potential feelings that would come up. He said he just wanted me to be comfortable. I tried to remain honest. Being comfortable was not going to happen, it would be a matter of coping well. So he said well maybe we could just grab tea beforehand if I didn’t feel like I could handle them.

::heart stab:: Why do I get shafted from a party first? Why do I get to be the one to miss out when I’m better friends with him and great friends with just about every other person he’s inviting (whom Riot and J-MAN don’t know except in passing). I was really, really hurt. Really hurt. I couldn’t stop ruminating on it all night, into when I woke up and all day.

In the end all I said was it would really depend on how I was feeling that day, but ultimately it’s his birthday and he’s allowed to invite whoever he wants.

Yes, this is actually the bread I made. Just out of the oven. 
I was just so sick of everything. I’m trying so hard to pull my life together and leave the bullshit and drama out of it. I can’t escape it all though. I feel like everywhere I turn I’m confronting a part of my past here that triggers me. I wanted out. Out of NY completely. Pick up my life, move back with sister, and leave my bad memories behind. I have so much heartache here.

I tried to focus my energy into more constructive things then the hopelessness I was feeling. I went to the gym. I confirmed plans to hang out with xRoommate, her BF, and my buddy. I made bread, from scratch, by hand. And by the end of the night I was having a really great time. Fresh bread, cheese, good friends, and Dr. Who. I was feeling connected and cared for by friends that I know really do love me.

BPD Lesson: Choose carefully the people you keep in your life. Relationships are a huge part of everyone’s life. With us they’re even more significant because of the effects they have on us. If the people we have in our life bring us down, trigger us, push us to those extreme states… it’s time to ask ourselves if they’re really the kind of people we need to have in our life. Don’t just jump off the edge and severe ties. It’s important to be able to figure out the difference between what is actually happening and what our emotions skew our perceptions to think is happening. That’s big. But if you come to realize that despite your efforts someone in your life continually hurts you, ignores your triggers and continues to push them. It might be time to take care of yourself and keep their influence out of your life. This is ultimately what I had to do with Friend. I cared for him deeply. I was afraid of losing his friendship. But he wasn’t willing to be considerate of my feelings and he continued to trigger me in a way that was very harmful to me… so in the end, it was healthier for me to let go. Give myself the chance to find something better, healthier. That doesn’t result in stabbing old wounds.

I’m just trying to remember to keep it going one day at a time.

Work has been going really well. Really well. I had a really good performance review. Unfortunately my projects will be wrapping up in the next year and while my boss is pushing to keep me on longer, it’s uncertain if we’ll have the budget (a year from now). I’ve been in complete shock about this.  I know it’s a ways into the future, but all those Failure issues, all those Perfectionist issues, all those feelings of worthlessness and not being good enough rise to the surface. I’ve been freaking out.

I’ve been trying not to drink at all. Not quite perfect, but I definitely needed a couple drinks that night. I just needed my brain to shut up.


It’s the uncertainty. The not knowing. It could go this way. It could go that way. What am I going to do if this doesn’t happen? What am I going to do if this happens instead? I can’t know until I’m actually in the experience of it. Life isn’t predetermined. What life is, is uncertain. And that can be terrifying. When things are uncertain they’re out of your control. Out of my control. My life, my fate, is in the hands of someone or something else. I loathe and detest when things are out of my control.

I think a big part of my mood swings, anger, and fear stem from my control issues. I had so little control over so much, the way I compensated for that feeling of helplessness was to form these perfect structures. These rigid ideas. If things work this way, I can predict the outcome, I don’t have to be uncertain, I don’t have to be afraid.  I build up these scenarios of what I think I “need” to happen.  Except any deviation to that rigid plan and my sense of control shatters. I feel lost. Hopeless. Like nothing will ever work out or go my way.

It’s been such a constant feeling in my life. Such a destructive feeling that fuels destructive behavior.

That night I had a few drinks. I was freaking out about potential future money issues. So what do I do? I shop. Fuck this shit, I’m buy something I want. Maybe a couple things. And then of course I feel guilty, but defiantly guilty.

And then I pull myself together. I am very grateful to have Therapist to talk through these things with. Where I work has many different engineering groups and departments and they favor hiring internally. My boss also said if another extended term wasn’t able to be squeezed into the budget he would give me a very good recommendation. That made me feel a little better. I like my boss. He’s a good guy to work for. I actually love this whole place (Despite my paranoia and stress levels, haha). So Therapist and I talked about what I could potentially do. Formed a plan so I don’t feel like I’m floundering in the dark.

Not to mention, my resume is a rock star. It was really impressive before I started working here. Now? It’s pretty crazy. Even I can’t manage to feel bad about my resume.

And that helped a lot.

When the future is being uncertain and thoughts are starting to run away. Take action. Form a plan. Don’t focus on all the problems or the potential disasters. Focus on a solution.

Don’t dwell on the problem. Work on a solution.

Harping on the problem only creates messy thoughts, bad emotions, and reactive behaviors. Refocusing your energy to work towards a solution however, is a constructive way to redirect your energy that will benefit your life in the long run.

It’s okay to have a bad night. Don’t let that bad night turn into a bad life though. Allow yourself to grieve. Allow yourself to feel. And then allow yourself to channel those feelings into something more constructive. I know it’s not easy, but it gets easier. In the past I would have been inconsolable for who knows how long. This time it was a night. I still have my worries. Not gonna lie and say those have gone away. I think it’s natural to have some worry and concern for the future. But it’s not debilitating. It’s not overwhelming. I’m still able to function without falling apart. And that’s major, major progress.

We talked about my progress a lot too. I’ve been with Therapist for almost 2 years. She didn’t know me through my teens or when I was with Evil-Ex. She’s never seen me at my worst or my most volatile. When I first started seeing her I was quite broken. I was devastated and hurting. And she sees me now. The transformation I’ve made is astounding. It’s not quick, it’s not perfect, but I’ve come so far towards being a functional, happy person. I’m very grateful.

I’m grateful for all of you too. This blog has helped me immensely, as I hope it helps you.  

5 comments:

  1. Some friends have a way of breaking our hearts from time to time. hang in there lady! :)

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  3. I'm sorry to hear this. It especially sucks when someone is invited and there are people who don't want them there for valid reasons. This happened to Brandon a few years back after he had broken up with a girl. They had a nasty split, but I guess one of our mutual friends remained friends with this girl. Both of us showed up to a party and this friend pulls Brandon aside and says, "Oh, btw, I invited your ex and she's here. Don't be mad." Yeah, thanks for the warning, right? The party was an absolute trainwreck and we had to leave because the ex wouldn't stop making loud, snide remarks that just killed the whole party.

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    1. Ugh. At least if there's someone I don't like I don't try to intentionally make them uncomfortable. Not because I care so much about them, but it really just makes that person look small and petty, and I'd rather not be seen that way.

      I'll just have to deal I guess.

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  4. Uncertainty.... sometimes in your blogs I feel that your words are coming right out of my own mouth for lack of a better description..... What you write .... you nail it on the head so well. I command you for your ability to express so much so well. :) It's good to hear that all these such things and thoughts are very familiar even to someone that I do not know. Keep at your great work and writing. :) -ang.

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