What makes us 'shoot ourselves in the foot'?
We are not talking about those accidental absolutely unforeseen incidents.
No, this is about those times that we really, kinda, sorta know that what we are about to do is a guaranteed disaster - or at least a mini-mess.
This behavior is so pervasive that it almost seems like an integral part of our nature…
And perhaps it is?
Maybe this type of rebellion - this breaking of the rules - which we first see around age 2, allows us to create emotional breathing space?
If so, can we find ways to allow this part of our selves to have a voice without creating chaos?
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas...
THE ART OF IMAGINARY ACTING OUT
This part of ourselves - the Imp - can actually be delightful - if we engage it consciously!
Next time you feel stuck or bogged down - or even depressed - engage your Imp!
Imagine the most outrageous behavior and let yourself enjoy the fantasy!
Angry with someone? Feel you've been done wrong? In a situation where words are not okay?
Engage your Imp!
Visualize yourself doing outrageous, naughty, highly unacceptable behavior.
Feeling scared, uncertain?
Do you remember that famous advice for public speakers? You know, imagining the people in the front row sitting there in their underwear…
This is the Imp at its best.
Remember: no one else needs to know why you're smiling and letting things roll off your back!
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