Self Sabotage Screening

Self Sabotage is the term we use to identify the behaviors we subconsciously engage in to keep an internal steady-state that we are familiar with - even painful ones like Chronic Depression!

The following screening instrument was created and made available by Anne Katherine in her book When Misery IS Company - End Self Sabotage and Become Content.

Make a list of the following symptoms to which you can relate:

    1. Having a pattern of self-sabotage

    2. Being avoidant

    3. Losing track of the main objective

    4. Injecting negatives into positive situation’s

    5. Leaving or stopping a positive chain of events

    6. Having a fear of well-being, happiness, or success

    7. Not acting when action is required

    8. Being indecisive

    9. Being ambivalent

    10. Longing for a certain experience but insisting that it take the form that can’t or doesn’t work

    11. Insisting that the first steps towards a goal take a certain form

    12. Wanting something you’ll never get if you keep doing what you’re doing

    13. Feeling that your life is jinxed

    14. Feeling that you’re incompetent or unworthy

    15. Not changing your behavior even after it repeatedly causes problems

    16. After discovering a pattern, not adjusting to deal with it

    17. Acting on assumptions without checking them out first

    18. Being resistant

    19. Always having an excuse (why don’t you… yes, but)

    20. Splitting hairs

    21. Refusing helpful medication

    22. Isolating

    23. Resist asking for or receiving help

    24. Alienating the people who can offer the most help or do the most good

    25. Sacrificing

    26. Being attracted to unavailable people

    27. Feeling that you can never fit in or belong

    28. Craving closeness but evading intimacy

    29. Having multiple addictions or compulsive behaviors

    30. Having a pattern of chronic relapse into other addictions or compulsive behaviors

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