“…to deal with our distress…”
Things that tick me off: Cellphone use during a meal with others. Baseball caps worn backwards. Car music so loud as to startle pedestrians on the sidewalk. Sending an email and not receiving the courtesy of a response. People who are late. Pants worn so low as to deliberately expose one’s underwear. Telemarketers who still call my “Do Not Call” phone number.
The element common to all of these annoyances is other people. Other people busily living their lives impact our own, and not always in pleasant ways. Some impact is merely annoying, but some can inflict a trauma that persists for many years, a trauma that the individual may not really understand and yet the pain of which the individual still tries to soothe.
Take, for instance, the woman who as a child suffered real physical, psychic and emotional trauma at the hands of her mother. The wounded little…
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