Growing up as an evangelical Christian, religious forces regularly manhandled my "needs." I often heard lines like the following:
I have no idea what I need.
Really. I don't. I thought I needed God, but I don't; I thought I needed to maintain a close relationship with Jesus, but I don't; I thought I needed to answer to my faith in all things, but I don't.
I reiterate: I have no clue as to what I need.
I know what causes me anxiety: not feeling trusted; hurting people's feelings unnecessarily; working against my better judgement. But to twist those negative phrases into positive ones? To reframe my anxieties to active-voice needs? I just can't seem to do it.
Is it embarrassing for me to make it to 35 and to have no clue as to what I need?
And how am I supposed to battle through depression when I don't even know what needs to grasp for?
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