So, in response to a number of you asking me to keep you posted regarding my last post on whether past trauma may have an effect on ITP, here's where I'm currently at!
I have found that it is more difficult to get professional help quickly than it would ideally be! However, the world is not ideal in it's current state nor is life fair, so while I wait for an appointment with a counsellor, to take a look at how I've handled past trauma's and fears, I've been "noodling" (my term for contemplating!) and researching.
I found this TED talk (link below) interesting. I've always been a "glass half full" person and I tend to jump quickly to leaning on understanding of why something may have happened, seeing the bright side and forgiving. Moving on has been something I've seen as extremely positive, and I still think to some extent this is good. However, "seeing the bright side" and refusing to allow negative emotions to have their moment in recognition of whatever causes them, doesn't give them the weight they merit in reality, and I guess, it's totally plausible that if we don't deal with our negative emotions by facing them and bringing them into the light, they deal with us by festering away and eventually causing damage - physically and emotionally.
I wonder if it is more realistic, and indeed courageous, to get to the moving on stage having faced and allowed time to deal with the "stuff" as it occurs.
I would be interested to know how others have dealt with past fears, stresses and trauma's - could it be that we're all a bunch of optimists, folk who "get on with getting on" no matter what, that have shoved negativity aside, only to be subject to it's potency now?
Hope you enjoy this TED talk. It's food for thought.