I was using baby speak (trying to be cute and adorable, I suppose), and when I caught myself doing it, I felt so conflicted inside. This is the way I behave with him, because some part of me believes that this is how I must be have in order for him to love me and want to be with me.When I watch television shows where grown women relate to their partners as grown women, I long for that. It seems like so much more of a balanced, healthier approach to a relationship, but the truth is, for as long as I can remember, I’ve related to the men in my life this way. It’s almost like the proverbial “Daddy Complex.”But I don’t want a Daddy anymore. I want a normal, healthy, equal relationship with my partner. The thing is, when I do allow my “real,” adult self to emerge, it seems to cause conflict. Maybe he’s just extraordinarily confused as to who is the real me. Maybe he likes the “baby me.” I’m not sure, but this is something I intend to reflect on.At the moment, I am:radically accepting that this is how I currently relate to himgoing to take a look at the Interpersonal Effectiveness section of my DBT binder to see what other skills I might practice to gain more balance in this area of my lifegoing to show myself compassion and abstain from judgment, as all things have “cause”
Can you relate? Do you behave in a more childlike way with your partner but are more confident and adult like in other social situations (i.e. at work, out and about shopping, with friends)?I wrote these other related blog posts about the Childlike Aspects of Borderline Personality Disorder and Sometimes I Act Like a Little Girl. If you can relate to this post, you may like that these as well.Thanks for reading.More Soon.
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this has really jelped me realise what is going on for me. i came across this blog doing some research about why i do this around my partner and this blo has opened my eyes to the possibility it could be related to BPD. i am currently under examination for other symptoms of the disorder so it is really helpful to find tbis information. thanks a lot!! Reply
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