Depression, anxiety, and emotional paralysis can go hand in hand. But today we’re talking today about fear – plain old unadulterated fear. But not fear about uncomfortable or destructive things. We’re talking about fear of positive change the keeps you stuck in behaviors that are a problem for you.

What are those potential fears? There are five that we’ll discuss in this week’s episode of The SelfWork Podcast.

  • A fear of the loss of stability or what’s known
  • Fear of emotional vulnerability
  • Fear of ambiguity or even failure
  • Fear of shame that you didn’t change before — and
  • Fear of relationship change

Each one of these fears can prevent you from visualizing yourself being able to change in a direction that feels good and positive to you and can cause a real emotional paralysis. But we’ll also talk about what you can do about it and how you can work with these fears.

The listener email is from a woman from South Africa who took advantage of the SpeakPipe experience and left me a message about her struggle to want to be with her family as opposed to her spouse. She wants to know, “Is there something wrong with that?”

Important Links:

A description of family systems theory (centrifugal versus centripetal families) by Dr.W.Robert Beavers

Episode 062 of SelfWork on Enmeshment

You can hear more about the aftermath of abuse and many other topics by listening to my podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to my website and receive one weekly newsletter including my weekly blog post and podcast! If you’d like to join my FaceBook closed group, then click here and answer the membership questions! Welcome!

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 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.

And there’s a new way to send me a message! You can record by clicking below and ask your question or make a comment. You’ll have 90 seconds to do so and that time goes quickly. By recording, you’re giving SelfWork (and me) permission to use your voice on the podcast. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

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