...What's in it for me?
It's not that every cloud has a silver lining, but it's always possible to see a situation from a different perspective. Every patient should at some time ask himself whether his disease / chronic pain condition is serving him in some way. This could release strong emotional objections, but may ultimately be a great help on the way to healing.
Does being ill mean you are set free from stressful expectations, do you get more attention or sympathy because of your disease, do you have economic advantages by being sick or is your identity linked to the illness in a way that helps you? If so, those are your secondary gains, and it's time to take a closer look at them.
(Warning: This entry is part of Negativity Week!)
Posted by Anna at 9/29/2010 08:49:00 PM