I will break my lifelong pattern of secrecy and silence. I will blow the whistle on denial.
The denial network in many individuals and families is intricate and far-reaching. People in their desperation to put forth the best possible face to the outside world often will covertly cover up painful realities. These realities can include addiction, sexual problems, lack of true intimacy and, in some cases, out and out contempt for one another.
The cursory interpretations of the words
empowerment and vulnerability imply
opposite connotations. It is easy to associate vulnerability with being
fragile, weak, or susceptible to emotional pain – which indeed it is. Nevertheless,
taking the risk to expose one’s vulnerability opens the door to personal
growth. Embracing one’s authentic self to include our weaknesses creates a
sense of acceptance, while at the same time opens truthful communications with
others. People are attracted to the combination of authenticity and humor. Once
someone recognizes these traits in another individual, they usually respond by
displaying the same level of vulnerability.
There is a term, “treatment-savvy”. It refers to the experience gained by people who have been through multiple treatment programs and, therefore, know the answers to all the questions, are familiar with every treatment technique, and can sail through any protocol you throw their way – in short, they ace treatment. Interestingly, they also seem to keep coming back to treatment. Why is this?
Definition of Happiness: State of wellbeing characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.