What do you fear? What tools do you use to let go of, move through, and live with fear?
Barb joins me to talk about fear. We had scheduled this conversation before the Corona Virus pandemic was declared, but it seems so appropriate now. We roughly followed this outline.
- What fears did you have before you came into a recovery program?
- Fear of success
- Fear of failure
- Fear of being uncomfortable while afraid
- Fear of authority figures (both real and perceived)
- Fear of angry people. (both angry in the moment but also “explosive”)
- Fear of disapproval
- Fear of others’ discomfort
- Fear of not being valued
- Fear of might be
- How did these fears manifest in you?
- In your actions or inactions?
- In your feelings?
- In your mood?
- Panic attacks.
- Don’t ask for needs. Don’t ask for help.
- How did you deal with your fears then?
- What has changed in recovery?
- How do you understand fear?
- What fears do you have now?
- Are they more “realistic”? More specific? More actionable?
- How do you “deal with” fear now?
Readings and Links
Barb read from Strengthening My Recovery: Meditations for Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families, June 11. Pg. 169: Fear; and The Language of Letting Go, by Melodie Beattie (author of Codependent No More and Beyond Codependency: Jan. 10, pg. 10: Fear.
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