This man was locked in this small cell for 19 years for a crime he committed. This was a 23 hour per day home for him. He had 1 hour outside the cell every day. No contact with others and no interaction. As if this isn’t sad and painful enough... after his release from prison, he fell apart “not” being in the cell. Life, freedom, and space was too difficult and scary for him to even function. In fact, we all have our own private prisons. Some are known and recognizable; and some are invisible to us.
Have you ever wondered why abuse victims return to their abuser? Essentially, we seek what is known to us even if it is painful or destructive. Our brain essentially finds “comfort” in what is known and familiar to us. This is why breaking cycles and establishing new patterns becomes so difficult.
Take time to notice what patterns are repeating themselves in your life so you can intervene to break the cycle. How are these patterns serving you? Or locking you up? Free yourself, therapy helps.