Engulfment Fears: Running Away from Love | Caught in the Cogs
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The outcome is usually the opposite of what you wanted anyway. Wall builder avoider selves confuse intimacy with enmeshment and see distancing as the best way to escape the vulnerability of never being left alone smothered or engulfed by an overly clingy opposite partner who is too fearful of abandonment.
Critical parent selves see counter attack as the best way to stop being controlled or engulfed. They use negative criticism, judgement or punishment to block engulfment by the other partner. Love-addict selves don't want to be alone at all.
One Lucky Soul: What Is Fear of Abandonment and How to Overcome It
They use positive engulfment, that is over servicing the love contract 27 hours a day, 8 days a week, days a year! These selves make it as hard as possible for a partner to abandon the relationship, even for a few minutes.
This may involve lots of intensity including a clinging kind of love which only an inner self would mistake for real intimacy.
Being one-below selves, they may also put up with extremely unpleasant out of control or over-controlling behavioursooner than lose that partner. Abandoned child selves are frightened about being alone so they regularly pressure a partner for reassurance that he or she is not thinking of abandoning the relationship.
Wounded child selves are fearful of the pain of being alone so they try to manipulate a partner for example by using fear threats of suicide or guilt over-playing victim role to stop him or her abandoning the relationship. Each of these tactics, however, increases the feelings in the other partner of being smothered, engulfed or enmeshed which that person will equate with no longer being loved.
That, in turn, raises the chance of the engulfed partner abandoning or leaving the relationship, especially if they have fears of being controlled. Ending the relationship now appears better than a future that seems likely to remain full of repeated pain and vulnerability as a result of being abandoned over and over again.
They then try to undermine or sabotage whatever the other partner is doing to stop the abandonment or engulfment happening.
Each of these tactics actually increases the feelings of vulnerability in the other partner. Withdrawers feel they are making a stand for independence.
How to Defuse the Number One Negative Cycle in Intimate Relationships
Healthy relationships are a blend of intimacy and independence. Couples have to be willing to make room for both closeness and distance or the result is a stalemate.
Here are two big steps that can help: It is a primary need. But each of us seeks connection in different ways. When you are in conflict with your partner, remind each other that you share a goal of connection. Talk about how and when each person feels most connected. One person may feel connected through conversation or spending quality time together.
Some of us pretty much had to live for our parents, be who our parents wanted us to be… to be loved. JoAnne said this on May 6, at 8: Please refer to my Comment Policy. Then turned my entire community against me. I have plenty of compassion for people who are working on their issues, which it sounds like you are.
I was raped by my lover, then discarded.
I had to move across the country. As for my past, habitual abuse from the time before I could talk at the hands of family members, then continued abuse from fuckers like The Rapist and others throughout my adult life. Therapy for two years! Do you want a fucking medal? What was done to us in childhood takes a lifetime to fix if we work diligently, can find compassion for ourselves and others, and are willing to make sacrifices and accept uncomfortable truths moving forward.
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Mothers, smothers, & lovers. (A tale of abandonment and engulfment.)
Oh yeah, and fuck you. She told me she was scared right from the start, she is really afraid of losing control, she has abandonment fears she has a child and the father left her and also problems from previous sour relationships and a stalker. We both say we trust and have been more open with each other than anyone else. We both say the sex is the greatest and it is!
About two months ago she told me it was over. She said she is too busy with work and her dream of being a successful singer.