The Stuffer Who Builds Barriers So what do you do when you have a friend who has said or did something that really hurt you? What about your spouse- do you share with them when they aren't paying attention to you and your feelings are hurt by their actions? What if you have a parent who still criticizes you for every little detail of your life? Do you let them know it bothers you?
If you answered, "I don't do anything or tell anyone when they hurt me or when I feel frustrated", then you might be a stuffer.
A stuffer who builds barriers is just basically someone who does not share their feelings of hurt, anger, sadness, or frustration with the person they are in a relationship with. Additionally, they build walls up when they are around this person. Many times they don't realize they are building the walls. But after awhile, a wall is there, the relationship has changed, or sometimes even disintegrated.
Stuffers usually not only struggle in their relationships because of the walls, but they often are angry and irritable, struggle with depression, and some people have health problems from holding so much in. Many issues can come from being a stuffer, not just walls.
If you realize you are a stuffer and see the walls you have built, it's important to start speaking up to others. Let someone know if they have hurt you or if you feel angry. It doesn't have to be confrontational. It can be a simple conversation like "The other day I felt hurt when you said my idea was ridiculous". Simple. Many times this may start a conversation that can lead to greater intimacy. And isn't that what we desire in our relationships?
Tomorrow Joleen will help us identify another way of stuffing. Don't miss out! Thank you for reading and we hope you have a great week!
*Source: Unglued: Making Wise Choices In The Midst Of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst
Written by Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville