“Poisonous playmates” can be hard to recognize, but crazymakers … we know EXACTLY who they are:
•The brother who announces that he’s not traveling for the holidays, so everyone has to come to his house.
•The co-worker who greets you by saying she thinks the boss is mad at you.
•The friend who invites you to an expensive restaurant and sticks you with the bill.
•The overbearing grandmother who plans your child’s birthday party – at your house – without asking you.
•The significant other who blames you for his or her lack of success.
WHY do you put up with your crazymaker’s behavior? Because she’s your sister? Because you’ve been friends since high school? Because “he’s an artist”?
In TAW, Julia argues that we put up with crazymakers, because they help us stay blocked. The energy we spend on dealing with them is energy we don’t have to put into our creative lives.
*** Have you identified any crazymakers in your life? How are you planning to handle them? ***