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The last track introduced Haddie a 45-year old mother of three who left her husband Clint and the three emotional get aways she used as protection from more abuse, protection of her image, and denying the abuse. After leaving Clint, I found it beneficial for Haddie to explore her hidden fears regarding being on her own.
Five Hidden Fear Questions
Haddie's answers to these five Hidden Fear
questions revealed that she was afraid of not measuring up, but wouldn't allow
herself to express these fears. Her problem purchasing trash cans is described
later in this track.
Understanding the Paradoxical Theory of Change
accepting her fear, Haddie reworded her daily tasks in terms of 4 simple goals that only stated what she could do. As I read these four goals to you, think of
how they may relate to your Haddie in your next session. Would playing this track
in the session be appropriate and beneficial?
In the last track we have discussed Emotional Getaways, how battered women often ignore their emotions, particularly feelings of fear. We also discussed how this denial can protected Haddie from physical harm, but also prevented her from seeking sources of support, and leaving.
In this track we outlined 5 Hidden Fear questions to facilitate your clients identifying of feelings.
Even after she had left Clint, Haddie refused to admit her fears, saying, "It doesn't make any sense that all of a sudden I would be incapable of grocery shopping, doing laundry, all the simple things I used to do without even thinking. When I moved into my own apartment I was thrilled. But I am also terrified to be on my own. I the first time my car broke down. I had a complete panic attack and was convinced I would never survive the experience. Now that I am on my own, if I do mess up something simple, I'm afraid Clint was right all along and I really am stupid. But each hour or minute I get through on my on I prove to me maybe Clint was wrong."
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