Thought Stirring Post- PUBLIC

Thought Stirring Post- PUBLIC

We regret there have been fewer thought stirring posts lately and will try to get them going again. If you have an idea for a topic, that would be helpful- you can PM sweetgingertea or leave the suggestion in the comments here if you like.

Today's post is based on telling others.

1. How do you decide who to tell?
2. What are some clues that help you decide who is safe to share some of your history or the fact you are a survivor?
3. What sorts of reactions have you gotten in disclosing you are a survivor, positive or negative?

Thought-Stirring Post: Public Entry

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  • Are you currently / have you previously been in counseling?  What types of psychotherapy are / were you exposed to?
  • Which (if any) methods work(ed) best for you?  Which (if any) were problematic?
  • What remaining questions and/or concerns do you have regarding any of these treatment options?
Bonus question:
  • What non-traditional methods of coping do you consider your own personal modes of "therapy"?

Thought-Stirring Post: Trust


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  • Has abuse impacted your willingness/ability to trust? If not, why not? If so, do you feel it impedes your ability to get close to anyone, or does it only affect specific types of relationships?

  • Is there anything you've found that someone can do to help you feel like you can trust them? Are you more/less likely to forgive them if they somehow betray your trust?

  • Do you have any advice for anyone who is trying to relearn how to safely trust someone? Something that maybe you've found has worked for you in the past?

Thought-Stirring Post: Public (repeat)

This Thought-Stirring Post was initially posted in 2007 by sistahraven. You can find the original post here.

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This week's questions are:
- How did your abuser insist on being in a position of power? Was it through put-downs and attacking your self esteem, was it through limiting your choices, or was it some combination thereof?
- In what ways did that loss of power effect your world?
- In what way could you reclaim some of your own power?

- In what ways have you already reclaimed some of your power?