Many of our responses to our life experiences and relationships can be described as automatic or knee jerk, but it is possible to change our responses when we are able to discern and internalize alternatives.
While our coping strategies enable us to survive trauma and difficult circumstances, they do not serve us any longer when we are in recovery. They do not, however, lose their power. Sometimes we experience a sense of being “stuck” when we are still “coping” rather than moving forward with a greater sense of freedom.
Denial is an effective coping strategy, but telling the truth about your life and experiences is necessary if a complete recovery is the goal.