[has been planning on moving out of town]. . . . Ive
been in therapy for at least 4 years and made a lot of
progress. . . . But [recently] she told me that the
contract on her house has not yet been signed and the deal could fall through
and that she may be around another 6 months. I was bummed out, though I
didnt tell her that. My mind is geared to leaving. . . .
Im confused. . . . I hate to say it, but I think Im
being strung along. . . . And now Im even feeling like
shes the one who doesnt want to let go and Im taking care
of her feelings by staying. . . . My anger is starting to
express itself in masochistic sexual fantasies with my therapist. Ive
never had any sexual fantasies (good or bad) with my therapist in all the
years Ive known her, which is odd for me, but I thought it was a sign
of healing. (Ive always had masochistic sexual fantasies) and I was
also sexually abused as a child, adult and even now at work for
years. . . . Ive tried to have sexual fantasies about
her in the past, but I just couldnt . . . so I thought it
was because I trust her. . . . Or maybe she keeps her distance
so well, I never bonded. . . . The fantasies are, I want to
leave and she wont let me. Its scary. I dont like it. And
I guess this is how I am expressing my anger. Right? Sometimes in place of
her I use a different person, someone I dont know, just so it wont
be her. . . . but it is her deep down . . . I realize
this. . . . Im too embarrassed to tell her about
this. . . . Do therapists hear this kind of thing a lot? I
mean I know sexual fantasies are normal at some point. Why did
I not have them for years (I think three years). What does that indicate?
And now Im having them like crazy. I feel scared
inside. . . . Im very upset about this. I thought she
was different. I dont want anyone to have power over me, and yet it
is starting to happen in fantasies. Im scared. What should I do? I
dont want to have these fantasies. I feel scared deep inside. I feel
embarrassed even telling you, and I dont know you.
I suppose the answer to most of your problem can be found
in your saying that I dont want anyone to have power over me.
Well, OK, it may not be that clear immediately, so lets look at
two wishes within them: a wish to be dominated, and a wish to be punished.
Now, in order to untangle this a bit, we first have to examine the wish to
be dominated. Most likely, in childhood you had experiences in which you
were overwhelmed, or
so to speak, by someone you needed and whose love you wanted. So you wanted
the love, but hated the smothering. But that hate was just too
ugly a feeling to tolerate, so you had to push it out of awareness.
And, at the same time, you resigned yourself, unwillingly of course, to the
fact that love had to be intimately associated with
then, recreate all this emotional turmoil. Theres the desire for
domination, which, according to your personal experience, means
love, and theres the punishment. Punishment for what? Well, punishment
for feeling angry at being dominated. The
be admitted consciously because, if you did that, it would jeopardize the
love you desire. So it becomes a closed circle of punishment for frustrated
love. And, it remains closed until you get the courage to look at the
psychological meaning of it all, rather than just accept it at face-value
as a mere sexual desire.
So, in plain
English, you resent being dominated, and yet you accept itindeed even
invite itbecause youre too scared to acknowledgeand then
expressyour anger at being dominated.
Up until now,
in your psychotherapy, you have managed to keep parts of yourself secret,
and that gave the illusion that things were going well. All the love, none
of the anger, and hence no fantasies. But when your psychotherapist decides
to move, everything falls apart. Its a decision that dominates the
psychotherapy. And, like most things psychological, it triggers its mirror
image. Huh? Mirror image? you ask. Well, she wants to leave and
you wont let her, right? That is, you wont let her in so far
as you feel the need to take care of her feelings. In your fantasy, you want
to leave and she wont let you. Why? Because in your childhood, when
you were smothered with fraudulent caring, emotionally you wanted
to leave but she or he wouldnt let you. So its the same theme
of domination, whether original or reflected.
So what can you
do? You need to speak your hurt and frustration or it will remain a closed
you cant keep anything secret, not your fantasies, and not even your
particular sexual desires. It may not be politically correct, but every aspect
of your life has to be examined as being a possible defense against your
anger at the original smothering. And to get to that angerso that it
can be expressed openly and healedyou have to get past your anger at
your psychotherapist for doing to you what you have always wanted to do to
the one who smothered you originally.
Its a weird
thing, psychology, what with its twists and turns and distorted reflections
of reality. And whats happening now probably isnt at all what
you expected your psychotherapy to be. And its even likely that your
psychotherapist doesnt even understand what is happening. But if you
seize the opportunity to
all, without qualification, then you have a chance to gain life by losing
your fears of openly defending yourself against domination.
Be advised, however,
your psychotherapist may not be able to deal with these things. Only the
really expert psychotherapists have overcome almost all their fears and blind
spots. Just understand that your speaking about all this is critical for
YOU; if your psychotherapist can work with all this therapeutically, then
your psychotherapy will have advanced by a huge leap. If she cant deal
with it, then let her move away peacefullyand then find someone who
can do real psychotherapy. And be grateful that her moving has made it possible
for you to move as well.
one other warning I need to give as well. There is probably at least one
person in your life right now who derives great pleasure from dominating
you. And if you show any signs that you are losing your fears of openly
defending yourself against domination that person will be very threatened
indeedand may resort to sabotaging your psychotherapy as a form of
self-defense. So be prepared.
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