Briefly write about how your personality affects your symptoms. How does your personality lead you to repress emotions moment-by-moment? Since I am cautious about revealing any statement or emotion that might cause me to be rejected I end up burying my emotions. I think at the core I don't trust people- with the exception of my brother. I've become more authentic in the statements that I make but am still not willing to reveal the emotions behind them. The frustration and sadness caused by the TMS seem too much to lay on anyone or even to deal with by myself. Although I have tried to feel these emotions privately I have not gotten far. It's not just that TMS is awful- the idea that it's created by my personality and not fate or an accident is hard to deal with. I am my own jailer. _____________________________________ Have you developed any new relationships since starting this program? Yes, a couple actually. I started a tiny TMS support group and we meet weekly. It's been helpful so far. I also started dating someone. I'm not sure how well it work out but so far we've been very good to each other and I've been able to be myself with her. Perhaps not 100% of how frustrating this stuff is sometimes but I have talked about it and I've felt able to be vulnerable with her.