The Excuse of Pain
Do I have a deep wound inside that I avert my eyes from? Pain is aversive, so it can be tempting to tell myself that no improvement is necessary because this version of myself is who I am and people need to accept it. Improvement requires dealing with pain. It means addressing the wounds so that they heal. Will I feel exposed if I can no longer duck behind a wound as an excuse for my lack of progress as a person?