Recently, I came across this image of Little Critter, and immediately began to feel myself soften a little. As a therapist, I’m constantly encouraging my clients to question the beliefs they have around vulnerability and big feelings as problematic and dangerous. And for years, I’ve worked to dismantle these unhelpful belief systems in myself, but I still need reminding, and often. And I find this is true for my clients, too. The conditioning we have acquired around what it is to be a feeling person in this world are old and insidious, and it takes time and repetition of another story to not get pulled right back into it.
In our modern Western world, we are deeply enculturated to experience dissatisfaction.
Studies indicate that the average American is exposed to around 10,000 advertisements in a day. That’s 10,000 times from the time we wake to the time we fall asleep in which we are exposed to the message that what we have is not sufficient, that we are not sufficient. When we go throughout our days completely inundated with messages of Not Enough, we cannot help but be effected.