Today let’s talk about authority figures.
Has a situation ever made you feel like you were the small child in front of the teacher’s desk,
afraid you had done something wrong?
I felt that way many times, and it was something I learned growing up in an alcoholic family – where Dad was the ultimate authority, and I had to do whatever I could to appease him. At work, if the boss wanted to talk to me, I felt like I was being called in front of my junior high principal, and I always expected something bad to happen. As I became aware of my behavior, I could change that, and see myself as an adult when interacting with other people. It has taken a while to reprogram those old tapes, but it has given me a freedom to not “stand in front of teacher’s desk” all the time.
Do you ever feel like the small child in front of that authority figure?
Classroom lone student by Keith Ellwood @ Flickr.com – Creative Commons – Some rights reserved.
Dan L. Hays offers encouragement for adult children of alcoholics.
The podcasts of these episodes can be found at: Minute to Freedom