Writing to Get Over Infatuation

It’s important to know that paying attention to your infatuation – trying to understand it rather than squash in out of existence – is unlikely to cause you to leave your current relationship or run after the object of your affection. Instead, it should give you insight into what’s needed in order for you to feel better in your regular life. And, ultimately, it might lead you to get over your infatuation.

Here are some writing exercises designed to help you explore and address what might be out of balance right now.

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Therapeutic Writing Prompt for Boosting Self-Compassion

We hear people use such phrases as, “I’m afraid of success,” or, “I’m afraid of failure,” or, “I’m not cut out for it,” or even, “I must not be smart enough.” I have said all of these things to myself, many times. I have felt that dark void, where no self-compassion can live.

And today I am considering this one: “I don’t deserve to reach that goal.”

The following two-part prompt is aimed at this self-limiting belief.

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Therapeutic Writing: Why You Should Write Like No One is Watching

In this age of writing to people instead speaking to them – via texts, emails, Facebook status and responses – it’s funny that we don’t always think about writing just for ourselves. To sort things out, to vent, or just for general self-care. We are so used to writing for an audience that we forget how good it can feel to address ourselves alone....

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Divorce: Shame, Sorrow and Celebration

The week that I moved out, away from my two small daughters and my confused husband, I bought a used car. This was my first large purchase as a single adult. It took a combination of loans and a slice of the last bit of my father’s inheritance, but I pulled it off. I couldn’t know that the car had been in an earlier accident and would spring a leak the following year, that water would slosh on the floor of it. But it wouldn’t have mattered much if I’d known; it allowed me to leave.

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