With a culture in which we have to have jobs, children, hobbies, an online presence, friends, etc., we can sometimes feel like we are not good enough. This goes back to childhood. In childhood, we had many pressures coming from being socialized (going to school, being in a family, being part of society) In order to survive we had to adapt how we acted in order to get attention, love, friendship from others. In that process we had to give up a part of ourselves. We learned to dislike the parts of ourselves that formed in this survival process. The one who is quiet to avoid getting yelled at. The one who is non confrontational to avoid getting picked on. The one who pretended to be someone else, etc. This behavior caused us to hate these part of ourselves since they masked out true selves. We stopped being and acting as our true nature. We then hated ourselves for this. This workshop reveals the origin of self-hate, how self-hate works, how to identify it, and how to go beyond it. It provides examples of some of the forms self-hate takes, including taking blame but not credit, holding grudges, and trying to be perfect, and explores the many facets of self-hate, including its role in addiction, the battering cycle, and the illusion of control.
I (Rich Wexler) will be teaching and coaching you through this process. I have a bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Education and have been teaching these workshops to other adults in variuos settings. I also have been incorporating into my life for many many years. This book and practice has saved me in many times of crisis and has opened up doors for me to be closer to who I wish to be in the world.
25 slots only.
* As artists, we have it equally tough because the art allowed us help our true nature to survive, we wrote songs, drew pictures, etc. This became survival for us and we have to make art to survive. The only problem is we can do this in non healthy manners. It can act as a form of addiction to help us avoid the tough parts of life we deal with. We are also not always respected as people since art and artists are not always paid what they are worth or seen as important people in culture. I have always identified as an artist and struggle with these thighs as well. Id you identify as a starving artists or masochistic artists you may start to see how you can be hurting yourself in the name of art.