A great deal of cultural messaging says to us,
“It’s wrong to need.”
“It’s shameful to need.”
“It’s selfish to have needs.”
“It’s embarrassing to need other people.”
But shouldn’t we be suspicious? So frequently, aren’t the cultural forces and systems of greed, along with their benefactors, the loudest messengers in these directions?
Let’s take in this quote from Allyson Dineen (@notesfromyourtherapist on Instagram):
“Growing up with the message that ‘you’re not supposed to need other people’ is going to require a ton of shame to maintain — since it’s going against millions of years of human evolution in a species with a nervous system built exactly FOR: safety, connection, and relationship.”
Image from @notesfromyourtherapist on Instagram.
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