I’ve read that a few people on the forum have a common problem I do. If they hear of someone going through something, they apply it their life as well.
I do that all the time. I guess that’s a different take on the points of reference. In my Sz group there was another guy who had younger sibs and he would vent on how mean and incapable of understanding his sibs were.
I would then think, “Hey, My own sis might react this way and think this way. Man, she doesn’t understand at all. She’s just going through the motions to placate me.” Then I start to get very upset.
I’ve set up some experiments to TEST and see if my kid sis would really understand and try and see just how supportive and on my side she really is. One guy told me he really wanted to apologize to his sib so he walked into the sibs room and woke the sib up. The sib freaked out and got angry. That story made me very sad and I was wondering how my sis would react so I started the experiment.
So far, I can wake her up about 5 times in a night for no real reason and it’s only the 6th time that she gets upset with me and pretends she won’t wake up. Or she’ll go sleep in the car.
I read the story here about a sibling who accidently hurt their brothers feelings at a restaurant. I then wondered, would my kid sis still handle this as badly as she used to? So I set up the experiment.
We went out last night and I was trying to be loud to see what she would do if someone got rude. The thing is, no one said anything about me being loud. So we went to a tea shop and I got loud there and no one said anything and neither did she. Then I was getting sort of mad that nothing happened.
That’s stupid. I was angry that absolutely nothing happened when I went out. Then I was a bit angry with her because she didn’t understand why I was angry that nothing happened. Then she locked herself in her room for the rest of the night. I felt really bad about that too. So since she doesn’t sleep with her door locked in case of fire; I was able to wake her up about 1:00 a.m. and apologize.
I am going to have to stop doing this and trust that the people who are on my side really are on my side.
Just trust it. Hard for me to do sometimes, but I have to learn how to do a better job at trusting. My head circus nearly destroyed that ability. But I see now it’s something to build back into my head.