10. You feel betrayed by the American Dream, which now feels like an albatross of debt (monthly mortgage, school loan & credit card re-payments) and financial responsibility weighing you down so much that you have little time to do anything but work work work and extinguish one fire after another.
9. You feel betrayed by your romantic partner who you thought would always take care of you, support you through fat and thin, and give you mind-blowing sex (make you feel worthy and desirable) and now seems to have become complacent, can’t really be bothered to be continuously sexually adventurous anymore, and does very little to make your life exciting. (Mostly due to the fact that believing that other human beings were put on earth to make your life exciting is commonly referred to as narcissism.)
8. You feel betrayed by whatever success you have attained. You subconsciously learned that if you did all of the right things — earn boatloads of dosh, get married, go on fabulous vacations, crush your 15 minutes of fame, have the coolest cars and handbags — that you would be happy. Now you are just a miserable automation with closets full of shit, a few cherry-picked glamorous social media photos, and possibly children who want very little to do with you. The moral? Success does not equal happiness.
7. You feel betrayed by your job that has become uninteresting, stupid and boring. However, golden handcuffs keep you from changing careers at this time or pursuing your dreams. (FYI, golden handcuffs trump golden showers any day.)
6. You feel betrayed by co-workers and business associates who now seem to take more pleasure in your failures than your triumphs.
5. You feel betrayed by your body, which you assumed would not decline as rapidly as a human body declines sitting at a desk or in a car, subway or bus for ten+ hours per day.
4. You feel betrayed by your health, which seems to take tremendous effort — supplements, juices made of dirt, pharmaceuticals, diets, exercise, tofu, sleep — to preclude myriad illnesses.
3. You feel betrayed by your government, which is primarily evident to you via taxes and parking tickets, and secondarily in hourly news feeds documenting its jaw-dropping inanity.
2. You feel betrayed by your friends and family members for loving you because you are so gosh-darn postive, feeling compelled to perpetually put your best foot forward in fear of other people abandoning you because you exhibit a wider than acceptable bandwidth of human emotions — such as grief, for instance.
1. You feel betrayed by your parents for loving you conditionally — because you learned how to use toilets and utensils (not simultaneously), learned how to speak a language, learned how to dress yourself, learned how to compete for good grades, learned how to compete at sports, learned how to behave “correctly,” learned how to have a good (well-paying) job that enabled you to occasionally snag an attractive sex partner, etc. — when all you really ever wanted is to be loved for being you and being alive. Dancing through hoops like a carnival bear has grown tiresome. You do not want to have to prove anything to anyone anymore.
Because it is distinctly possible that many of the aforementioned instances of feelings of betrayal later in life could be reopenings of a primal abandonment wound resulting from being individuated too abruptly — as we do under the “scientific” — what-doesn’t-kill-the-little-
So how might you benefit from psychotherapy?
On the cognitive level a therapist can provide fresh perspectives and help you reframe your current situation so that you can either make immediate changes or accept your state of affairs. As Krishnamurti famously said, “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” On an emotional level a therapist can support your authentic desires so that you do not feel like a fraud, an imposter, or a dancing bear about to be whipped for not performing up to the absurd measures of “success” that popular culture (advertising) has indoctrinated you into believing as gospel.
In short, therapists model authenticity and help, inspire, and support you to be your highest and most authentic self in every situation… or at least when possible given the circumstances. 🙂