Discovering Our Scares, Episode 142

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We continue our journey with Steph through her memoir, Discovering My Scars. Steph and I listen to Chapter 6 of the audiobook and discuss it. In this chapter, Steph remains in the mental hospital, more prisoner than patient. She’s told, again, to play the game and do things that will “add positively” to her case. But she experiences moments of awareness and humanity, too. She begins to wonder why her heart and brain are disconnected. She begins to wonder if self-injury is not the issue, but rather the symptom.

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In each episode, we offer you a few prompts to think about how that day’s conversation applies to you. You might pause the podcast and answer them right then and there, but if you keep a journal (Steph and Beth both do), feel free to download and print a PDF of the Questions for Reflection we’ve made just for you: 
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  1. Have you had an experience where you were dehumanized?
  2. Can you think of a time when you had what Steph called a real human moment?
  3. Reflect on the connection between your heart and brain. Are they in sync?
  4. Think about your own coping mechanisms. Are there any that you might need to change?