I’m really enjoying the sessions and I don’t mean to play devil’s advocate, but I struggle envisaging the ANTS as these evil little critters trying to destroy me. I find it much easier to see them as a misguided self-protection mechanism, and when they surface, rather than feeling like I have an internal battle going on, I thank them for their intention albeit misguided, and let them know I am ok and I don’t them to protect me anymore. Surely unless there is underlying mental health issues, I can’t envisage any subconscious triggers occurring for any reason other than self preservation (not that I can understand at this point in time why some of the things said would protect me though - future rejection perhaps?).
Is that weird? Just wanted to soundboard it in case my way of thinking will somehow create a barrier in my progress. Can’t remember where I even picked it up, must have been along the way in some earlier personal development. I think it’s like when you’re feeling sick, rather than fight the phlegm and blocked nose with flu meds and being ticked off, I try and thank my immune system for protecting me and stop resisting feeling lousy. In social anxiety example, obviously it’s actually harming more than helping, but surely it’s generated in a misguided attempt to protect us?
Not sure if I’m making any sense!
Thank you in advance for your time