Today let’s talk about frozen ego.
What the heck is that?
A therapist once told me that as a result of a traumatic incident, your ego might freeze at the age you were when the traumatic event happened. It really helped me understand my world – because I was operating as a terrified 14 year old boy much of the time, and now I understood why. I was that age when my Dad’s drinking began to affect me. He attacked my natural efforts to grow as a person, and it was so shocking that I think it just locked me into that moment. He called me worthless, and I believed him. In my ‘30s, I had to learn how to begin growing up, which had gotten interrupted at age 14. It led to a lot of growth, and a tremendous sense of freedom.
Have you ever experienced feeling like that terrified child?
Dan L. Hays offers encouragement for adult children of alcoholics.
The podcasts of these episodes can be found at: Minute to Freedom
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