Thought questions for this discussion include these:
What is emotional safety? What is emotional security? How do they relate to each other and how are they different?
How are emotional safety and security threatened? What happens to us internally when we feel under threat?
Is emotional abuse less “real” than physical abuse?
How can Al-Anon help us recover and regain our feelings of emotional safety and security? What tools help? Which steps? How do we provide a safe environment for healing in our meetings? In face-to-face interactions with a sponsor or program friend?
Resources that we used in this episode include:
- Emotional Safety: How it Works or Doesn’t (Psychology Today)
- Emotional Safety: What Does It Really Mean? (Psychology Today)
- Keeping a Relationship Emotionally Safe (SSA Magazine)
- Tips for Enhancing Emotional Safety (National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health tipsheet)
- Emotional Safety: What it is and Why it’s Important (family-marriage-counseling.com)
- Rebuilding Emotional Safety In Your Damaged Relationship (CompulsionSolutions.com)
Our topic for next week is one of the gifts of Al-Anon: “We will discover that we are both worthy of love and loving. We will love others without losing ourselves, and will learn to accept love in return.” Do you feel worthy of love? Can you love without losing yourself? How has this changed in recovery?
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Music from the show
Christina Aguilera: The Voice Within