Here is a situation that can cause us some real problems—misconceptions— distorting existing information making it greater or smaller reality. How about the anticipation of getting a flu shot. We hear stories about people getting one and coming down with the flu, hear stories about the shot site becoming and achy. So you put off getting one. Then you go in and get the shot— no sore arm—no getting sick. The next thing you think is “why did I get so upset about that. It was a piece of cake.”
The flip side is minimizing things. A guy hits his girl friend. She tells people he didn’t really didn’t mean to hit her—of course it was only the tenth time he did that.
Another type of minimizing is when you get an accomplishment or award and when people say something, you just say “oh, it was nothing.”
It’s a little late to get any counseling before Christmas now. My suggestion is if you are overburdened with stress after Christmas run, don’t walk to a mental health professional as soon as possible. There’s no sense in being in pain any longer than you have to be.
Happy one week until Christmas
Gay A. Hunter, M.Div., LPC-S
Ditch the Lie Counseling
9200 Christopher Circle
Fort Worth, Texas 76140