Today's guest is writer and essayist Christie Tate, who recently published her debut memoir, Group. Group is a real and vulnerable look at how one therapist and a group of strangers saved Christie's life. In law school, Christie was at the top of her class, yet she found herself struggling with suicidal ideations. What was missing?
Christie desperately craved intimacy and connection, and with some serious reservations, Christie took the advice of a friend and sought help.
Group is not your typical how-to book, but rather a raw look inside one courageous woman's struggle with a longtime eating disorder, suppressed emotions, trauma, the pursuit of unavailable men, and personal transformation.
IN TODAY'S EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN:
- What led Christie to write her debut memoir Group (5:38)
- A misconception about therapy (8:20)
- What Christie discovered about herself while writing Group (9:24)
- How Christie's thoughts were her worst enemy (10:54)
- Where Christie's negative internal dialogue came from (12:05)
- One thing Christie appreciates about her group process (13:25)
- What healing looked like to Christie (15:33)
- One of the things that tripped Christie up in group therapy (18:30)
- Christie's thoughts on how long you could stay in Group (19:54)
- The metaphor Christie uses to describe Group (21:35)
- What Dr. Rosen's prescriptions looked like (23:27)
- Christie's role in group therapy in regards to Dr. Rosen (27:02)
- How Christie feels when new members join her Group (28:23)
- One of Christie's biggest shocks about group therapy (32:16)
- Why christie struggled to get close to people (34:26)
- Christie's thoughts on calling anger bad (36:24)
- How Christie feels closer to people who show their “mess” (40:56)
- Where shame comes from for Christie (41:58)
- How Christie's will to be in a relationship led to unfulfilled relationships (42:38)
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