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Hello, and thank you for requesting my help.
If there is a therapist/group leader running the group, as their should be, then I would speak to that person about what your experience is. It is up to the person running the group to be sure that everyone has a chance to speak that wants to and that everyone is treated fairly. If you feel you are the only one speaking out about deeper issues, then the group dynamic is off. In that case, it would be very natural for you to feel vulnerable and exposed.
If you do not get a good response to your concerns from the group leader, then it might be worth considering a different group. It is not going to help you to be the only person sharing while everyone else remains safely behind their defenses. It will impact your growth and recovery in that case and that is not the purpose of group therapy.
You could also pull back some from sharing and instead encourage others to share instead. If you do pull back, it does not help you but it may encourage others to share instead which would change how the group works.
I hope this helped you,
I agree with you. If I was in group and revealed something significant, I would want to be supported. The fact that no one did either says they felt uncomfortable or they didn't have anything to say. I highly doubt it was due to them not caring, which I think is a thought that goes through everyone's mind when they put themselves out there like you did.
Most people with a personality disorder have been abused during childhood. Personality disorders develop because of the necessity of altering how you get your needs met as a child because of abuse or neglect. The pattern stays because it becomes ingrained.
If you have given group a try and feel it does not work for you, you may want to talk with your treatment team again about your experience. You can't keep trying something that does not work.
It is not good that you are being forced into therapy that you do not feel you need. But if you need to follow their protocol, then you can only do what you can to comply.
Going to individual and group at the same time is ok. And you may want to try self help. There are groups on line and you can learn more about personality disorders so you know things to try to help yourself work through.
You may also want to journal so you have a place to express yourself that is private. And working on line with a therapist is also an option. There are more and more therapists beginning to work on line so finding one should not be too hard.
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