Author Topic: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms  (Read 31075 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Melody

  • 18+
  • Bronze Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 49
The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« on: June 16, 2007, 09:26:52 PM »
This used to be in this room on the old site, and I think some people find it helpful, so will re-post.

These are three C's to remember, when somebody you care about self-harms:

I didn't cause it

I can't control it

I can't cure it.


You may well trigger someone's SH, but that's not the same thing as causing it. OK. You're having a really bad day at the office. You know the kind of day, when everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Someone saunters through your office and remarks on how wonderfully their life is going. You retort 'Bully for you'. Now, the someone who walked through your office didn't cause your retort, but they did trigger it.

You can help someone towards the most helpful path when they are SHing, but you can't control their actions. Lighthouses don't get up off their point, and start screaming at ships that there are rocks around, even though they know that they're there. They just keep on being the best lighthouses that they can be: the ships have to choose whether they will be guided by them or not.

You are not a therapist. Even if you are a therapist, it is not your job to cure the SH of someone you love. Don't try to be one. It won't help you, or the person you love (who may end up feeling even more guilty etc for not being able to respond to you).

Should stress that these were not my idea but taken from a book, called *Stop walking on eggshells* by Paul Mason and Randi Kreger.

Someone added a fourth C, which was 'carry on regardless' - a very good idea, in my opinion *flower*

xx M xx

Offline squiggle

  • 18+
  • Usually here
  • ***
  • Posts: 8642
  • smile
    • My Blog
Re: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2007, 09:27:50 PM »
it's back!!!

thanks melody
The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead.
Robert Brault
My Blog - http://wp.me/2MX7h

Offline Tabatha

  • 18+
  • Gold Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 268
  • Faith, trust & a sprinkling of fairy dust...
Re: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2007, 11:11:17 PM »
Thank you!  You're a star!  ;D
She's been everybody else's girl, maybe one day she'll be her own...

seahorse

  • Guest
Re: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2007, 07:10:05 PM »
simplicity and obviousness grabbed me by my heart . it might not make things easier but consciousness that im not alone brings hope

desperatemo

  • Guest
Re: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2007, 03:34:48 PM »
Thank you soooo much. I thought I was alone. reading the three C's has helped take some of the pressure off.Thanks :)

Offline Arrietty

  • 18+
  • Gold Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 307
Re: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2008, 10:07:03 PM »
Thanks for that one, it is really good, made me think
'If I had a world of my own, everything in it would be nonsense.  Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't.  And contrarywise, what it is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would.  You see?'    (Alice in Wonderland)

Offline Eloise

  • Haven
  • Usually here
  • *
  • Posts: 1547
  • i'm not designed for this world
Re: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2008, 10:20:57 PM »
i love this post it's so useful and amazing and can be appilied to loads of things like my ASD :)

Offline purplefiona

  • 18+
  • Gold Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 376
  • another day
    • Jewellery site
Re: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2008, 12:51:50 PM »
mate. that is very very useful. Thank you.
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."

eagleray

  • Guest
Re: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2009, 02:30:51 AM »
I read this post every day and always before I go to bed. It really grows on me and has been a great help.
Thanks

Offline Melody

  • 18+
  • Bronze Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 49
Re: The three C's, for when someone you care about self-harms
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2009, 09:59:05 AM »
I'm glad :-)