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How do I make myself bigger and how do I make myself smaller than I am?

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I feel like I can make myself bigger if I look at things in higher perspectives, such as my higher self's perspective, the perspective of humanity at large, the perspective of the Earth, the universe etc., and I can make myself smaller if I go inwards, taking on the perspective of a body part, an organ or even a single cell.

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Upon my interpretation of the question;

To become bigger I will train my body and get bigger muscles, climb trees, chant/sing, take risks, wear/carry pyrite and invoke austerities such as cold water batheing.

To become smaller I will fast, become silent, sit still, pick up litter slowly, get good with my hands, increase my agility and elasticity

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I make myself bigger than I truly am when I take responsibility for masculine activities instead of letting a man help me. I make myself smaller when I am scared that I will offend or intimidate a person by being bigger.

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Bigger - ?? Drawing a blank lol. Maybe some delusions of grandeur.

Smaller - constant comparison. Changing my mannerisms in public.  Undervaluing my talents. Putting off making art 

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  • I make myself bigger than I am every time I do (even try to) see the actual truth of any situation , feeling or thought I am facing. With whoever I am, whatever it is that is triggering me also, I make myself bigger by seeing the whole situation and person and behaviour for what it could be or actually IS .  Always trying to get the absolute truth. Tryin lol

 

  • I make myself smaller than I am, indeed, every time I respond impulsively and I lose control of my mind-body-"soul" at whatever situation or problem or whatever I am living.


I am really working to become "bigger" than I am. Every moment of every single day of my life 🫂 

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I make myself bigger to intimidate and control people so as to force them into doing what I think is in my best interest despite it not matching their best interest or thinking I know better than them what is good or bad for them.  I make myself smaller to avoid taking responsibility and or to avoid being seen and targeted.

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I make myself smaller when I don´t finish things.

I make myself smaller when I avoid myself.

I make myself smaller when I make myself do things only for status or prestige.

 

I make myself bigger when I decide to do something and I do it, I commit and finish. I make myslef bigger when I'm here now with my emotions, my dreams, my goals. I make myself bigger when I show up for myself.

 

 I know I want to be loved, to learn to love unconditionally, to have a passion and to be comitted to it, to fall in love with an amazing someone. To have money to live well. The thing is I don´t know how to do it, how to open myself to life, to people, how to find my own thing.

In the past I quit a school that made me unhappy, only to realise the problem was not the academic regime of the school, the problem was within me and even thought I quit I didn't became more artistic, just sadder. Back then I didn't know Teal nor how to live *to cope* but to live. Now I hear a calling, and I'm suspending uni for some time. Will I dissapoint everybody in my family, once again, or will I be able to make something beautiful out of this?

It is still hard to trust myself and break free.

 

 

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Oh in too many ways, this was just the right question to answer other questions.

I tell myself Im gonna be the baddest mother, Im telling myself Im gonna be better than all them other mothers, the best.

I tell myself Im a toxic and ugly person to be in a relationship with, I tell myself im a very good wifey a guy could be happy to have XD

I tell myself I can do all this. The next moment I tell myself I cant do anything at all.

One moment I like my body and think its cute and nice, the next moment I hate it.

One moment i think Im gifted and talented, the next moment im  ot so shure bout that anymoreXD

The list goes on and on..........

One could argue I have a fluctuating self esteem. And I Have issues and problems with myselfXD:) Well... what are we going to do now?

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I make others believe I have it all together, when Im struggling to survive.

It could be considered dangerous, but I often times find involving others even more dangerous. 

I've seen to often how people don't really care. And do more damage than good. 

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I make myself smaller by allowing people who talk to me however to hurt me personally. I work hard everyday to be kinder to people, animals, my phone, kids that I meet but, who I am I find it hard to even conceptualize smiling when people talk to you bad and hurt you but yet they hurt because you stay far away from they fake a$$. I make myself bigger by being myself actively looking for how can I make myself feel good, walking into a room with my head held high, walking into places and conversations not expecting to be hurt. Yeah I think I got to get back in CP because these haters can hate and at least I use the little bit of money I make for therapy.

I'm tired of being isolated and as I look for other jobs to work I’m not gonna settle. 

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Bigger: I can value myself in place of the ways that I feel undervalued. Ie. I can want myself for the things/ in the moments when I am feeling unwanted by the experience around me or within me. 

Smaller: I can pay attention to what it is that I feel unwanted for and about, and acknowledge that part of myself as being important for the way it (I) feels and recognize its existence and presence in myself, time, and life - noticing it has inherent value of my whole self and realizing that I can spend more with this aspect of myself to discover who it is, where it's from, what it feels, what it thinks, what it wants, what it's been through and how I can help this part of myself, at the earliest convenience that I will have later in my day. 

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I make my self bigger saying I am no problem at all. I make my self smaller saying I am the worst problem of all kind. 

This is me avoiding responsibility for shure. 

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On 3/4/2022 at 9:39 AM, Gandirs said:

I make myself bigger to intimidate and control people so as to force them into doing what I think is in my best interest despite it not matching their best interest or thinking I know better than them what is good or bad for them.  I make myself smaller to avoid taking responsibility and or to avoid being seen and targeted.

I am in a habit of enmeshing myself and identifying myself with everyone who hurt me (taking responsibility for other people's actions) It's a coping mechanism to gain more insight about who these people are, also to avoid responsibility (the power I do have). Your post reminded me of my ex and my mother. If they where honest, they would've posted the same. As your post triggered me, I asked myself (instead of instantly feeling like I am just like you, taking responsibility for what you are doingXD) I asked myself what do I have in common with you, how am I like you. (why am I feeling this way). 

I do respect people's free will, choices, and individuality. I also do take responsibility..  Especially if it's somewhat obvious. (subconscious or conscious)

But to a degree (a part of me), I do avoid beeing in reality, and I'm ignorant. I hurt people by choosing, to not see what would actually be best for them (I lie by doing things that are hurtful, saying maybe this isn't hurtful, it's like I'm blind on one eye and or numb, I'm also really stressed,  or anxious). And I choose to be an "asshole" in ways they don't even think about or seem to care about because they don't see it coming (at first) mostly my assholeness is I'm threatening in a very very unsettling way (it makes everyone uncomfortable unsafe and feel like shit including myself). I disown certain truths in general, about what is hurtful and what is not, avoid seeing the whole picture, avoiding responsibility.

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