Eight simple rules for dating my teenage daughter book
I’m angered when people don’t meet those expectations, and absolutely devastated when I don’t reach them.
Lori points out that it must be “exhausting trying to be so perfect all the time.” I am much more comfortable than I was the week prior, and can feel myself being more candid.
“I don’t think I should let you go until we’ve at least touched on what was put out there at the end of last week’s session.” I so supremely wanted this not to come up.
There’s the insanely smart guy who can’t remotely begin to navigate a common social situation, the charitable girl who devotes all her time to helping strangers, but won’t confront issues in her own personal relationships.* * * One of the great breakthroughs I’ve had in the thirteen months since I began seeing Lori (who agreed to participate in this article, but requested that her full name not be published) is a new ability to accept the existence of dualities in life.For instance, I’ve always had a tremendous sense of pride that, if it doesn’t straddle the line of arrogance, certainly dives into that hemisphere from time to time.We all throw verbal darts around as though we’re engaged in a massive, drunken tournament at a bar, but the most poisonous ones seem to hit me the most often, admittedly somewhat a consequence of my own sensitivity.I’ve been told it was historically all part of an effort to toughen me up, but instead I was filled with towering doubts about my own worth.
I’m great at seeing flaws in others and propping myself up above them by smugly observing my character strengths.