Today we are revisiting "toxic relationships". I will occasionally give examples of toxic relations because many of us don't recognize them when we are in them.
About 10 years ago I mentored a young woman that had multiple challenges. She was in an alcoholic marriage, was an adult child of an alcoholic(her mother had dies of alcoholism) and she had the biggest chip on her shoulder that I had ever seen.
She would often call and each time she would "vent" all her anger.
I found an adult child of alcoholic meeting in our area and drove her to it and even attended with her for the first few times so she would go. She refused to go to an Al anon meeting(meeting for those that have a spouse or child that is an alcoholic). I sought psychiatric help for her and she went to therapy.
The angry negative calls continued. She stopped going to therapy because her therapist was not telling her what she wanted to hear. She would not go to any meeting on her own and refused to read any books...she didn't want to look at anything to do with herself or to change (as we are the only people we can change)..she just wanted to blame and vent. She was convinced that everything in her life was someone other than herself fault (even though she had made some very bad choices) and that everyone owed her. She would not take responsibility for anything but choose to brew in her misery and in the process bring down everyone that was around her.
After playfully consideration, I told her that if she was not willing to help herself in any way that she was not to call me anymore. I told her that when she sought therapy once again she could call me at that time but not until then.
Years past, she moved, she divorced and remarried and I occasionally hear from her. She is doing much better, went to therapy but still is pretty negative and toxic. She knows the deal..when she is seeking help or not blaming everyone else ..she can call me (it still applies)..
Our Prompt today is
Is there anyone in my life that is toxic in this way? What can I do the next time I hear from them or am around them? and/or Am I a toxic person, always blaming and always angry? What can I do today to start turning this around?
If you don't know what to do to start turning this around or what to do with your toxic person email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I have several resources that I can recommend.
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