Life in a Bind – BPD and me

My therapy journey, recovering from Borderline Personality Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I write for welldoing.org , for Planet Mindful magazine, and for Muse Magazine Australia, under the name Clara Bridges. Listed in Top Ten Resources for BPD in 2016 by goodtherapy.org.


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Freud was right about some things

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Max Halberstadt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

You’ve probably heard the joke:

“What is a Freudian slip? It’s when you say one thing, and mean your mother…..”

Well this was my version (paraphrased – my memory’s not that good!) in therapy last week:

Therapist (talking of the upcoming summer break): “Breaks are necessary because otherwise you would have a very tired therapist!”

Me: Silence

Me: More silence (What I’m consciously thinking is, “Therapist, she used the word therapist. That’s what she is, but hearing it feels formal, impersonal, and it hurts“)

Therapist: “Where are you?”

Me: “Ummm….when you said I would have a retired therapist…..OH….”

Therapist: starts laughing (in a lovely, cheeky, warm and kindly sort of way – like this is an ‘in’ joke, which of course it is)

Me: puts head in hands with embarrassment at having ‘fallen for’ the Freudian slip (not that one can avoid a Freudian slip – that’s the point)

Me (protesting mightily – okay, lamely): “But I wasn’t thinking about that, about ‘the end’, at all!”

Therapist: “But your unconscious was…..”

Me: “Oh.”

Therapist: “Freud was right about some things!”

Hmm….. I guess he was.

 

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