As a teenager, I remember feeling like I could do anything. I channeled all those emotions into dreaming about life after high school. The world welcomed me into its arms. Here are ways that unlocking my inner teenager has made me stronger as an adult:. Limiting what you are capable of can feel comfortable, but it can also be confining. If you want to try something bold, tell yourself you can.
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Article Library. Practitioner Directory. For many years I have worked as a hypnotist specializing in accessing and clearing the underlying causes of addictive behaviors, like smoking, overeating, and drug addiction, in the subconscious mind. But I suspect that even the village idiot knows that the experiences we had as teenagers, and sometimes preteens, with food, cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol had a powerful influence on the course of our future behavior in these areas. Even when we are struggling with weight or diabetes in our seventies! Even when we have twenty years AA sobriety!
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Robyn Chuter 1 Comment. You may be being sabotaged by your Inner Teenage Rebel. Two clients I saw this week came in with frustration that they had set themselves goals which had clear and meaningful benefits and no obvious downsides — yet both were struggling to commit to taking the steps to achieving their goals. I explained that we have many different parts within us; some of these parts are vestiges of ourselves at earlier stages of our development; some represent our internalisation of the beliefs of other people who were significant to us when we were growing up; some developed in response to trauma of various kinds. Because of their diverse origins and level of emotional and cognitive development, our parts often pull in opposite directions. Both had been raised in very strict and controlling families, and both rebelled and went a little crazy when they hit their teens and could no longer be restricted by their parents! This is, of course, pretty typical teenage behaviour. Teens are notorious for taking what looks to adults like ridiculously stupid risks.
It still feels like a somewhat strange thing to be doing — but I can no longer doubt its benefits or the impact it is having. And my therapist seems to believe this is an important step for me to have taken as well and is encouraging me to foster these internal relationships and to use them for support — and I trust her judgment. In the past, this part of myself has been synonymous with resistance, defiance, resentment and anger. Underlying all of that is enormous fear and a desperate desire to be loved; but the historic need to be strong, to push others away, and to avoid being vulnerable and being hurt, tends to win out over the need for acceptance and love.