Challenging your assumptions can lead to remarkable change – and a break from intense emotional paralysis. On SelfWork today, sponsored by BetterHelp, we’re going to talk about doing the dishes. Yes you heard me – dishes. One of my FB closed group members very aptly posted the story you’re about to hear as a way of coping with the stress of the pandemic – to look at your own life through a different lens and see how you could manage your struggles differently – by challenging your own rules/assumptions. When you do, it can bring huge relief, and a tremendous jumpstart to your hope for change, and change that lasts. It’s called “second-order change” in psychology and it can be powerful.

Our listener email today is from a woman who’s writing about being dominated both at home and at work – I’ll let you listen to her email and see what you think. I was struck by a couple of things – and hope to offer ideas that will be helpful.

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Episode 191: Stinkin Thinkin

Second order change Quote and Explanation

Original link to Kate Scott’s piece on Quora

Book entitled Boundaries

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My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has arrived and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism or need for control which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life.

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