Self-Protecting Behaviors – Rhoads Life Coaching

What coping mechanisms we learned as children are limiting our potential now? The self-protecting behaviors we learned early on about surviving conflict, or soothing a wound, or how to fit into a group all worked… you are still here! These foundational buffers helped us survive as children and because they were developed as children, now inhibit our full potential. Avoiding conflict works in some instances, but not in all. Being a perfectionist drives us to excel, only up to a point. Numbing out buffers us from emotional pain, but can lead to addiction while preventing positive experiences from happening at all. The old tools serve a purpose, but as adults we have the ability to adapt and create more refined responses. We have the ability to choose something different! –


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