THERAPIST- She said 0 % chance you have shooting for your dream. What do you call that?
STEVE- Well it is hard profession to get into and she didn’t want me to get hurt.
THERAPIST- How does the 0 % feel honestly?
STEVE- Honestly it hurts. I really like doing it. Nothing ever appears right to her. I can’t remember the last time I received a compliment.
THERAPIST- How does that make you feel?
STEVE– I guess like you said it at our last session mentally abused but she’s so generous with other things.
THERAPIST- It’s confusing isn’t it? For one minute you feel obligated the next you just want to run away.
STEVE- Yeah, I guess so. I’ll tell you though when she offers a compliment like “I’m proud of you” it’s like a drug.
THERAPIST- Working those extra long shifts, creating more then you’re body can handle, letting all feelings subside for productivity just to get that kick of kindness. Maybe you’re an addict?
STEVE – In a sense I wouldn’t be we’re I am today if I wasn’t abused? The abuse pushes me further and…
THERAPIST- And what?
STEVE- I’m not sure this is where I want to be?
THERAPIST- You don’t have to keep covering the pain with jokes and just moving forward. It’s time to deal with it straight on. The next time she says a hurtful remark it’s okay for you to say so.
STEVE- Well I could stuff my ears when I see her.
THERAPIST- Not every time but when it goes just a bit too far.
STEVE– I don’t know it’s not me.
THERAPIST- Well we’ll see if we can look into another approach then. Just remember Steve you’re not alone there are so many overachievers in your race. Our session is coming to an end today so I’d like you to think what you some small leisurely activity that you always wanted to do and just do it but don’t tell her about it. Then keep some notes even in your head on how that makes your feel. How’s that sound?
STEVE- What I want… I’m not sure anymore that I know?
FOOTNOTE- Have you walked in these shoes or have a loved one that might be walking closer then you think?