From a notebook on my shelf as usual
Musings on various topics, pretty random really.
Musings About Being Unable to Understand Love
There are lots of foster kids not graduating from school, not getting good jobs, and going to jail, etc. But nobody talks about the less obvious problems, the hidden damage. Since I am in a position, having an education and a good job, to talk about the more hidden damage that experience of abandonment can cause, I feel I have to. The ways and degrees in which childhood trauma affects a person’s ability to maintain close relationships are pretty astounding, and now that I’ve become aware of it, I want you to be aware of it too. Maybe just so I can feel less alone in it.
1. Cannot trust that others love you. The problem is that you don’t actually know this is a problem. You don’t even know that you don’t trust anyone. Because it’s all you know. you don’t figure it out until someone really loves you and you try to love them back and realize you can’t. Because you fear it. You look love in the face and fear it. It is alien and unreal.
I only recognized this as an issue when a close friend asked me incredulously why I’m so surprised that she loves me. And so I asked myself and. in my reflection began to see that the current troubles I was having with my romantic partner were very much related to this perspective of myself as unworthy or unloveable. Again, you can’t be aware of this problem until you are aware of it. Until you see it in action. You don’t go around thinking to yourself “I’m unworthy and unloveable” you don’t even think it. But when someone tries to love you you don’t understand it and you will push them away. For example, someone will offer to run errands for you just because they know you don’t want to do it, and you’ll always think they have some ulterior motive. You won’t be able to understand why someone would do something purely because they know it makes you happy. (Debates about the existence of pure altruism aside) the best way that I am finding to counteract this belief is to do things for others just because it makes them happy. The only way to prove that love exists is to do love to another.
If I should spend my life learning what kind of party I want to have, is that really so bad?
Nobody has a stake in you. Really doesn’t matter if you disappear. Nobody is responsible for you. Hard to ask for help later in life. Very hard to receive love.
It can seem like paranoia to anyone else.
Musings About Job Search Workshop Curriculum
There’s a lot of value in the self-awareness piece actually and I think job seekers would be more interested in our classes if we had something that really addressed this. Unemployment first throws a person into a “who am I”? situation. “What am I doing with my life?” There are people who want to explore this question and those who need to. I think we need to start treating our workshops as though they are for people who WANT to be there. Nobody wants to be unemployed, but people do want to learn about themselves and discover their strengths and I think we should focus on that. We tap into an intrinsic motivation that allows our job seekers to feel confident as they move through the more obviously applied steps of creating the resume. Applying to jobs. Going back to school.
Look at the participant list
Describe me. Cute.
Three themes of your life.
Reviewing curriculum today and it…
Gahhhh soooo good; I started to imagine successfully implementing it at all of our centers, and became quite aroused! Is anyone else turned on by their work?
Imagine as a guy you wouldn’t want to get too know much better. But you did anyway. And you couldn’t get to know anyone better. There was no one you could ever get to know better.
This curriculum it assumes the stays quo. But really. It’s actually empowering
Game where we wrote our assumptions about what others want. Motivations. Then see how they compare. No idea how it will turn out but am game to find out.
Flippant. Flippancy is only my initial reaction. My flippancy is born of just really knowing that all this will work out.
What would people say about you when you die? Recently acquaintances have lost loved ones and I hear the ensuing discussions. I have been discussing myself. And I wonder what conversations people will have about me. And how far into the future after my death will my name come up? Not much or long I bet, which is funny because I was once convinced that aliens would find my work and talk about it for generations. And cite my writings which are to me ,an accurate description of how humans in general are. I’ve been lots of different humans, and I can tell you about all of us.
Even if I’m deluding myself that’s just as fine. It’s the same. I’m still privy to the human experience of self-delusion then, right?. Which we all certainly “suffer” from. My delusion is a real human experience. My delusion that My ideas would be discussed among newly terrestrial sand interstellar scholars; 39th-century beatniks. What a wonderful delusion to have! Why shame myself for my delusions?
So much to be confused about. Commodities. Don’t knows what your planet is like but I bet it’s not run on an economic system that hurts the public being. Otherwise, you would not be here Listening to me. When everything is a commodity certain death is imminent. Death of. spirit. But you already know this.
Managing emotions in the face of disappointment. Good job, kid. It’s one of the best skills you can develop. Also, keep trying. You never know what you don’t know so be open to ideas from others. Develop an attitude of curiosity It will save you from anxiety, agoraphobia, and irritability. Take your goals seriously but also chill. Stay in the now.