Do you ever catch yourself using coping strategies that have long outlived their usefulness and are now not helping?
I know I have and found that by suddenly being aware of what was happening was able to change my behaviour (at least a bit). For example I grew up in a large family and had four big brothers who were all good at sports. In order to cope I became very competitive and used speed, determination and cunning to try and beat them.
This worked well and served me right through school and growing up.
When I was in my early 30's and I caught myself playing football aggressively to win with my young son of 3! Likewise my student coping strategy seemed to be never to let my feelings show and adopt a cynical jokey front in my social interactions. Not helpful in later life and slow & difficult to change.
What outmoded coping strategies have you spotted?
Did being aware of them help you to change?
A Moodscope member.
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