“Own everything that has happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” – Anne Lamont
There are so many reasons why we keep it to ourselves. Why we choose not to talk about the things that we’ve been through. These include self-protection, feeling it is pointless, and because of messages we’ve picked up from our family.
Let’s break this down further ….
Because it isn’t a safe thing to do.
Because we’re afraid of being judged, shamed, or attacked further.
Because we haven’t got the emotional reserves to deal with being judged, shamed, or attacked further.
Because we haven’t got the energy, or mental head space, to carefully explain our side of the story (and, if necessary, ‘argue our case’).
Because we don’t think people will believe us (or even want to believe us)
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