Jay Earley, in his book Self-Therapy, asks me to name a couple of my protectors and answer some questions about them.
I think it will be easy to do. There are quite a bunch of them in the room, waving their hands and excitedly shouting, "pick me!" I'm going to pick two of the tough guys in the back, who aren't waving their hands: The Distractor and The Mumbler.
I'd like to make this funny, but I won't. The questions:
What is it's role in helping you manage your life and interact with the world?
How does it relate to other people?
How does it protect you from pain?
What is its positive intent for you?
What is it trying to protect you from?
Mr. Distractor ("Don't call me an "it.")
Mr. Mumbler ("Don't call me an "it.")
I'll get back to this later.