How much do others need to take responsibility?
Wondering if anyone has any advice/thoughts on this topic. I am really confused about how much other people need to take responsibility and be mindful about someone with anxiety. I find in a lot of relationships, pretty normal standard things can trigger my anxiety particularly in social settings and family settings. So how much do the people around you need to be sensitive and how much do you need to try and manage your reaction? For example I have a sibling who is extremely sarcastic. Everyone else in the family finds it funny but it sets off my anxiety, largely because it has been at my expense over a great many numbers of years. The family consensus is that I'm too sensitive and need to take a joke better but it hurts that I don't feel safe in my own family and that they don't seem to be sensitive to my feelings at all. And this seems to be quite regular - I'm very sensitive to criticism and feel like everyone hates me if they criticise anything. sometimes it's justified but i feel like my defence and offence cant take even constructive criticism. How much of that is on me to work on and how much is on others to work on? Anyone have any ideas?
Thank you for your post and your question.
I think this is one of those 'How long is a piece of string?' type questions. I would imagine that it would vary so much, especially depending on how intense the anxiety is and how close/open you are in relationships.
As an example, I have a partner who couldn't be more supportive and parents who couldn't be more unsupportive. Some of the people I know will probably never change in how they support me or treat me, and others are open to feedback and adapting to what I need (like some extra reassurance or support). So I kind of have to adapt a bit depending on who I'm with.
In any case though, it's totally up to me (or you) to manage 100% of that reaction. I think managing that might be a little different though. Being too sensitive is a little bit of a manipulative comment, so that's not something we can work on! But maybe feeling like everyone hates you is.
I hope that this makes sense! I think it's been a bit of a tricky question to think about and answer, but know you're not alone in this one.
As someone who also suffers from anxiety, I think it depends on the situation. I find that some people’s personalities set off my anxiety as well (if I find them to be sarcastic or fairly intolerant type of people), but I also thinks its unreasonable to ask them to change their personality , which I’m not even sure is possible. So I tend to just limit my time with them. But I think that can be hard in sibling relationships, which can be tricky as there can be a lot of tormenting patterns in there. Do you get on with your sibling otherwise? What is your history with them like? I think an important thing is to also take things in the spirit that they are intended.