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Day 10 Hiding emotions from my mother

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by movingcloud, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. movingcloud

    movingcloud Peer Supporter

    I like to look at this as a mother/daughter scenario. I am a mother of daughters myself and so I know that relationship from both sides. It is the stuff of film, drama and literature.
    I was born last of my mother's 4 children. My brother is the oldest and I have 2 sisters. They both concur with me that if we had been boys, things might have been different. Mum is now in her 90's and our brother has never even once been crossed. The girls are variously "naughty","bad","uncaring", "selfish" - oh, I could go on and on! We're not, by the way. We have all had happy successful lives. This leads me to think that mum gets something out of being like this. Attention? Protection? not abandoned? cleaners?...
    The first time I did something for myself (out of her control) was as a not very wild teenager. I ran away from home after a boyfriend. (He seemed more normal at the time!) I was back within days, and have spent all the time since apologising to mum - she has never let it go. I learnt after years of this that I should not ever tell her about anything she might object to, or something else might be added to the long list of "non-forgiveness". My sisters have also racked up impressive lists of misgivings. My brother, as far as I am aware is a saint.
    I know that this relationship is in the pivotal 1/3 childhood tensions that Sarno talks about. I grew to learn that I should for ever be a child, and speak when i was spoken to. As my sister says: "she (mum) had a very VICTORIAN upbringing", and she just passed it all on to her own children. I learned to be very quiet - not at all assertive. Until I hit school! Oh, boy - that was fun! I found out I'm an extrovert, and being very quiet is not my bag at all, unless I try really really hard - for a bet! What I wanted to be did not fit with her picture of marrying me off to a passing vicar. So now, I play the dutiful daughter, I visit and call regularly, but i don't let out any of the anxious or angry emotions - really, its safer that way. What is preventing me from telling mum what I feel is the fear of being blamed, labelled, and judged. Of opening up the sores one more time.
    My childhood was similar to that of Jess in "Oranges are not the only fruit".I know I'm OK in the real world - people get on with me fine, or they don't - and that's fine too.
    I figure its good to know this about myself, and to be compassionate to my inner child. Beyond that I think there is no other solution.
     
  2. Lori

    Lori Well known member

    Oh my. Interesting that you already are aware of the fear of bringing this up to your mom. That's great IMO. It is sad to me she treated her children this way; making them feel guilty if they deviate from what she wanted them to be.

    How about writing her a feelings letter (that you can choose whether to give her). How you feel about being so judged? You can let it rip on paper. If not and you're not ready to bring this up to her (readiness is a factor for sure) you can at least be venting your feelings in other ways that are a healthy outlet. Resentment is toxic to the body and needs an outlet.

    Do you think there is resentment toward the seemingly saintly brother? I think I would have some!

    -Lori
     
  3. Maribel

    Maribel New Member

    "I play the dutiful daughter, I visit and call regularly, but i don't let out any of the anxious or angry emotions - really, its safer that way. What is preventing me from telling mum what I feel is the fear of being blamed, labelled, and judged. Of opening up the sores one more time." That resonated with me!!

    I never had a mum backing me up in my corner, I pretended I didn't need it but everybody does need a wise older person when growing up. Looking back its like my mum stayed stuck in a child stage of development. Well I never know for she was now parkinson, is totally drugged and we have barely talked in the last 5 years!!! Actually we barely really talked in my whole life. Whenever I had problems I just dealt with them on my own the best way I could. pretty lonely!

    Yes its sorrow for my child me would want her to see me, listen to me, accept me with all my anger,sorrow, hurt and hug me. I am crying as i write this! This is my emotional wound!!

    Well it could be worse, she is not living with me, she went to live close to my older sister. Who was a bully to me, but now looking with TMS eyes I see she had mountains of repressed anger which she happily released on her 5 years younger sister with the silent consent of my mum. Well now she is swallowing the price of her bulling and not doing work on herself for now she's got my mum and living with the fear that she is going to end up like her. Stuck emotions literally choke us!
     

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