Note to reader: I am using this space and place to post parts of a new slip-fiction novel series I am working on, Left Brain Right, the story of a young girl who hears voices. Left-Brain excerpts will be from her care-takers’ point of view or the point of view of the friends and family around her, while right-brain excerpts will describe how she sees the situation. I will not be posting the whole story, but I will be posting practical tips when dealing with someone, or one’s own self, as they are going through traumatic, or not so traumatic, experiences. Please note these are first rough drafts, so there may be spelling and/or grammatical errors.
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How today’s story excerpt can help you:
Theme: You have to face and fight fear, or it will grow.
Author’s Notes: This morning I Googled “how do psychologists see fear?,” and I learned some interesting facts: Fear is born when a person experiences an unpleasant stimuli (being alone, getting stung or bitten, etc.), which creates a negative experience. Then, each time the person faces the stimuli again, they re-experince the trauma associated with the stimuli. The only way to fight fear is to replace the experience you have with the original stimuli (the feeling of being alone, getting stung, etc.) with a positive experience. (join a club, be around a bee and don’t get stung, etc.).
In today’s story excerpt Michelle’s psychologist is going to ask her to ask her Fear where it was born. This way, her psychologist can start helping her find other stimuli to replace the one causing Fear to manifest.
Progress Report: September 25th Compiled by Dr. Wong Cont…
Transcription of session:
Dr. Wong: Can you tell me about the picture you created today? (silent pause) Who is that in the picture with you?
Dr. Wong: Your fear?
Dr. Wong: Does he scare you? (silence pause)
Dr. Wong: Can you tell me more? (silent pause)
Michelle: He’s more just annoying.
Dr. Wong: How so?
Michelle: I don’t know. He’s just with me all the time, like a shadow.
Dr. Wong: That you can’t get rid of?
Dr. Wong: And does he say anything to you? (silent pause) What does his tone sound like when he talks to you?
Michelle: Kind of sassy.
Dr. Wong: Sassy? (hear Michelle lightly laugh in the background)
Michelle: Yeah, like a know-it-all.
Dr. Wong: Would you like to know how to work on getting rid of fear?
Dr. Wong: Where do you see Fear? (silence) In your mind?
Michelle: Yes, during my meditation sessions, but he’s started to follow me.
Dr. Wong: Out here?
Dr. Wong: Okay, next time you see fear, I want you to ask him where he came from. Can you do that? (silence) good. For your next homework assignment, I want you to draw and tell me about where Fear was born. Where he lives.