An Antidote To Poison Thoughts

Hello Reader,

For the third time in a single day, the evil thought insinuates itself in my brain: “Your life will never be easier, never, ever……….”  (Here’s the short version of the context):
– a second disaster at the same ATM in one week resulting in another chewed up deposit
– a kid hurling a rock through my office window in the middle of a session
– my car needs to be registered, now!
– I’m two weeks late mailing my nephews’ birthday presents, I’m a bad aunt…..
Need I say more? So what do I do when the poison self-talk seeps in? (while I’m stuck in a traffic jam on the bridge under construction)?
I roll up the windows and at the top of my lungs shout:  POISON WORDS!  POISON WORDS!  POISON WORDS!  And before I can reach the final part of the antidote (challenge the deletions and distortions:  Never easier? Easier than what? Ever? Your whole life?), I’m laughing out loud at my own drama. It’s a grade B movie. Get over yourself, Susan.
So what are your poison words?

Wishing you a more pleasant ATM visit,
Susan Lager
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About Susan Lager

ABOUT ME Susan Lager, LICSW, BCD I grew up in New Rochelle, a suburb of NYC, lived in Manhattan for ten years during college and graduate school, and escaped the madness for the wilds of Maine to be with Thom, the sweet man I'm still married to after 34 years. (We have an awesome 29 year old son named Alec who will run the free world someday). I knew I'd survive the relocation from New York when I discovered the scenic, historic little city of Portsmouth, on the coast of New Hampshire, with its winding streets, great restaurants, and music everywhere. I was especially thrilled to attend the Portsmouth Psychotherapy Institute, an offshoot of the B.I.P., where I did post-graduate training, and then went into private practice creating The Couples Center PLLC, doing psychotherapy, with individuals, couples and groups. In 2010 I opened a division of the practice called COUPLESPEAK™, providing live and online coaching, training programs, workshops, and written materials for people in different kinds of partnerships. I'm still passionate about the work, which is NEVER boring! My clients are courageous pioneers, and they've taught me lots I'll pass on......
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