Learn some simple techniques to overcome Self-Connection Psychotherapy obstacles using a low dosage strategy.
Overcoming Self-Connection Psychotherapy Obstacles
A major obstacle to Self-Connection Psychotherapy is the hesitancy people have to looking at their own face. That reluctance may be due to things like negative feelings about their image or concern about disassociating or being narcissistic.
Effective strategies are finding a low-stress point to start — essentially lowering the dosage and helping clients to gradually improve their comfort level. Here are several tools to overcome the challenge.
Try these yourself to see how they might make your client more comfortable.
First, look at transient images of yourself throughout the day. Glancing in car mirrors, shop windows or bathroom mirrors reduces the intensity of the experience while providing the same results. With practice, you can evaluate your feelings in a short glimpse.
There are ways to blur your self-image to make it less intimidating or distasteful. Use a smoky mirror or something as simple as a toaster. This can also allow you to feel more charitable towards the other reflected back at you.
Familiarity and Positive Associations
Be playful to increase your comfort level with your self-image. A great tool is Google’s Art and Culture mobile app. Submit a selfie, and find out what classic paintings match your face. Looking at yourself from this perspective helps you see shared features. The humor in some of the matches takes the sting out of viewing yourself with all of your flaws.
Practice Resolves the Challenge
Hesitation to look at yourself could reflect discomfort with a new sensation. Over time, the feelings of kindness you feel towards that person in the mirror will overcome your reluctance. Use these techniques to ease your transition into a new way of connecting with yourself.
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