Virginia Satir: Emotional Jail

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Step away from unhealthy social rules that become prisons

“Rules for being a Good Person: I must always be right, clean, bright, sane, good, obedient, healthy. No matter what the cost or situation, for everyone counts more than me, and who am I to ask for anything for myself?” — Virginia Satir, Your Many Faces: The First Step to Being Loved, p. 10

“Most of us live in an emotional jail because we want to be good. We surround ourselves with a whole network of “shoulds” that are often in conflict with our wishes and our abilities. . . . This almost always results in a sense of failure, needless frustration, and disappointment.” — Virginia Satir, Your Many Faces: The First Step to Being Loved, p. 24

(Satir is referred to as the mother of family therapy)

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