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the Group Meeting in Columbia. CANCELLED due to WEATHER EVENT, SANDY.

This week, coordinator Kathy Sirota, LCSW-C, will speak on the topic Taking Off the Mask. Then, there will be small-group break-out sessions.

Newcomers please join us at 6:30 PM.

Regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

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  • Ken C.

    Sad that the meeting was cancelled, but hopefully everyone was safe from Hurricane Sandy.

    October 30, 2012

  • Ken C.

    What is the mask and what does it hide? What would happen if we revealed what we hide? Could it be that we put on physical masks to appear scary, but we put on emotional masks to NOT appear scary?
    We are so complex, capable of every human emotion, pleasant or not, we might percieve that our masks protect others from unpleasant emotions we feel. As so often happens, though, our attempts to make things better, tends to cause or exacerbate the problem we want to avoid, when we would be better off just being ourselves. We wear a mask and others may perceive we are not genuine. Because we are real and complex, we know what could be underneath others' masks and it might make us wonder if there is more behind the mask we see. It would make sense that if we hide things with our mask, others would wonder the same of us.

    October 25, 2012

  • Ken C.

    Some definitions of a friend include knowing a persons flaws and remaining a friend, regardless. To have that meaningful of a friend, we must reveal the flaws, the unpleasant emotions, and allow a friend to accept them. Being vulnerable allows a friend closer. It is scary, and since we all have been that close, and have been rejected through separation and divorce, it can be painful to consider opening up again, but once the grief and the pain has been processed and doesn't dominate us any longer, removing the mask, being vulnerable, being close to a friend is rewarding and valuable.

    October 25, 2012

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