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Over It And On With It

Christine Hassler provides you with practical tools and spiritual principles to help you overcome whatever obstacles might be holding you back. Each episode, Christine coaches callers live on the air offering them inspiration and guidance to heal their past, change their present and create what they really want. Topics include: relationships, career, health, transitions, finances, life purpose, spirituality and whatever else callers have questions about. Christine coaches "regular people" on problems – and opportunities - we all face. It's a show that reminds you that you are not alone, while also teaching things you can implement in your own life.
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May 27, 2020

This call is about overcoming a desire for control to feel safe. Today’s caller, Jasmine, is wondering why she has a strange relationship with her boyfriend and her sister and why she sabotages her work experience. What it comes down to is an issue with control and fear of intimacy created to protect herself due to her early experiences with an emotionally unavailable parent.

 

[For show notes go here: Christinehassler.com/episode246]

 

During a time when we feel out of control or too controlled we develop a compensatory strategy of ‘I have to be in control of everything to protect myself to avoid intimacy.’

 

Attachment styles are developed based on our early experiences in relationships. In the avoidant attachment style, we avoid or fear emotional intimacy because usually had a parent who was aloof, emotionally removed, unaffectionate, rejecting, or not attuned to our childhood emotional needs.

 

Maybe the parent provided food and shelter but children need affection and nurturing as well. When a child doesn’t have emotional availability or affection they can develop an avoidant attachment style. In adulthood, this can show up as being extremely independent and self-directed, controlling, and often uncomfortable with intimacy.

 

Those with an avoidant attachment style often get the rap of being commitment-phobes but it’s more that they have difficulty with commitment. They either rationalize themselves out of deep intimacy or they have certain complaints when in a relationship.

 

Grounding ourselves in the present moment and breathwork are great for people who have an avoidant attachment style.

 

Take a deep dive into how to understand your attachment style and heal your inner child in our three-day virtual Inner Child Workshop on June 5th–7th. Stefanos and I will hold space for both the healthy masculine and feminine. If you can’t join us live, it will be recorded. ChristineHassler.com/Innerchild. Email Jill@ChristineHassler.com to discuss what may be blocking you from joining in.

 

To learn more about compensatory strategies get a free download from my book, Expectation Hangover at ChristineHassler.com/CS.

 

Consider/Ask Yourself:

  • Do you have a habit of pushing people away?
  • Do you give too much advice to certain people?
  • Do you remember, as a child, having a lot of affection being hugged and feeling safe and nurtured in your home or do you remember feeling kind of alone?
  • Do you often sabotage an opportunity or relationship professional or personal even if it’s something you really want?

 

Jasmine’s Question:

Jasmine has a difficult time connecting in her relationships and pulls away before she gets what she wants.

 

Jasmine’s Key Insights and Ahas:

  • She is trying to change the role she plays in her sister’s life.
  • She shrugs off affection when her boyfriend reaches out.
  • She wants things done a certain way.
  • She has adopted a protective pattern of control.
  • She has had very little intimacy in her life.
  • Her mother was emotionally unavailable.
  • As a child, she learned that loving other people meant telling them what to do.
  • Her father wasn’t around.
  • She doesn’t recognize the progress she has made.
  • She may have a deep fear of rejection.
  • She has a body memory of being rejected when giving love.

 

How to Get Over It and On With It:

  • Research the avoidant attachment style.
  • Check-in with herself, with love, to see how she is doing.
  • Be more compassionate with herself.
  • Release self-judgment and add unconditional love.
  • Ground herself in the present because intimacy happens in the present moment.
  • Adopt the mantra of ‘I am safe. That was then. This is now.’ and ‘It is safe to let love in.’

 

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