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Ideas & Opinions Armour

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Dante

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I know its a common idea, but I like the picture of all of us wearing armour (psychologically speaking), the stronger you are the thicker and more complete your armour is, it takes a big hit to phase you, but like all armour, there are always gaps, and I thought I had plugged every hole, I thought, though my armour was weak in places, it was at least complete, but there are always holes, things that can happen, things people say, ideas, whatever, things that penetrate that armour with no resistance and cut right to the heart of you, and it doesn't need to be something profound or life-altering, just something you aren't prepared for, it can even be embarrassingly basic and trivial, if you haven't built up your armour, it hits home, and when that happens, when something gets past all your defences and hits home, its OK to reel from the hit, as long as you forgive yourself for your moment of weakness and get back up.

This isn't so much a message for anyone really, it is more of a declaration for my own good, sending it out there just for the sake of declaring it, my moment of weakness was OK, it doesn't mean anything, and can be forgotten in turn, except that it means I have some holes to plug.

I dont ask for any reply and dont expect I will explain the above if asked, in fact if a mod removes this whole thread tomorrow I doubt I would care much its just one of those times when it wasnt enough to just let the thought knock about inside my own head.
 

Dark111

FORMER SF SUPPORTER
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I know its a common idea, but I like the picture of all of us wearing armour (psychologically speaking), the stronger you are the thicker and more complete your armour is, it takes a big hit to phase you, but like all armour, there are always gaps, and I thought I had plugged every hole, I thought, though my armour was weak in places, it was at least complete, but there are always holes, things that can happen, things people say, ideas, whatever, things that penetrate that armour with no resistance and cut right to the heart of you, and it doesn't need to be something profound or life-altering, just something you aren't prepared for, it can even be embarrassingly basic and trivial, if you haven't built up your armour, it hits home, and when that happens, when something gets past all your defences and hits home, its OK to reel from the hit, as long as you forgive yourself for your moment of weakness and get back up.

This isn't so much a message for anyone really, it is more of a declaration for my own good, sending it out there just for the sake of declaring it, my moment of weakness was OK, it doesn't mean anything, and can be forgotten in turn, except that it means I have some holes to plug.

I dont ask for any reply and dont expect I will explain the above if asked, in fact if a mod removes this whole thread tomorrow I doubt I would care much its just one of those times when it wasnt enough to just let the thought knock about inside my own head.
This is perfect. This is real and I love it. I'd like to see this thread grow into more revelations about the walls we've hit, the situations that have left us feeling powerless and a little gob-smacked, and how we resolve such predicaments. One could think of it as a sort of Jungian 'Shadow' work, and how we integrate our shadow into consciousness.
 

Dark111

FORMER SF SUPPORTER
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“Anger ... it's a paralyzing emotion ... you can't get anything done. People sort of think it's an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don't think it's any of that — it's helpless ... it's absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers ... and anger doesn't provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever."

[Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]”
― Toni Morrison
 

johnDoen

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I know its a common idea, but I like the picture of all of us wearing armour (psychologically speaking), the stronger you are the thicker and more complete your armour is, it takes a big hit to phase you, but like all armour, there are always gaps, and I thought I had plugged every hole, I thought, though my armour was weak in places, it was at least complete, but there are always holes, things that can happen, things people say, ideas, whatever, things that penetrate that armour with no resistance and cut right to the heart of you, and it doesn't need to be something profound or life-altering, just something you aren't prepared for, it can even be embarrassingly basic and trivial, if you haven't built up your armour, it hits home, and when that happens, when something gets past all your defences and hits home, its OK to reel from the hit, as long as you forgive yourself for your moment of weakness and get back up.

This isn't so much a message for anyone really, it is more of a declaration for my own good, sending it out there just for the sake of declaring it, my moment of weakness was OK, it doesn't mean anything, and can be forgotten in turn, except that it means I have some holes to plug.

I dont ask for any reply and dont expect I will explain the above if asked, in fact if a mod removes this whole thread tomorrow I doubt I would care much its just one of those times when it wasnt enough to just let the thought knock about inside my own head.
I think I mistook the thread's title for a Spanish word for "love".

I tend to use the word "mask", seemed related to "armour" in your case, as we are all hiding ourselves under covers, pretending to be fine and so. As no one is perfect, sooner or later, our covers will be revealed, especially during major life-changing events (losses, failures, broken ups, etc.).
 

MisterBGone

SF Supporter
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I think I mistook the thread's title for a Spanish word for "love".

I tend to use the word "mask", seemed related to "armour" in your case, as we are all hiding ourselves under covers, pretending to be fine and so. As no one is perfect, sooner or later, our covers will be revealed, especially during major life-changing events (losses, failures, broken ups, etc.).
I think he may be referring to, or using the British (English) version of the word, which us American (English) speaking would say, or use, as "Armor." Maybe I'm wrong... but this would mean, like a Knight, or the way in which someone uses it as protection, from or against something - such as ... say is used in the military. Again, I think. . (it is early!) .
 

Dante

Took 5 years to learn how to make a custom title.
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I think he may be referring to, or using the British (English) version of the word, which us American (English) speaking would say, or use, as "Armor." Maybe I'm wrong... but this would mean, like a Knight, or the way in which someone uses it as protection, from or against something - such as ... say is used in the military. Again, I think. . (it is early!) .
Yes, "Armor" like a knight suite of "Armor"

I think I mistook the thread's title for a Spanish word for "love".

I tend to use the word "mask", seemed related to "armour" in your case, as we are all hiding ourselves under covers, pretending to be fine and so. As no one is perfect, sooner or later, our covers will be revealed, especially during major life-changing events (losses, failures, broken ups, etc.).
Its not about hiding, its a metaphor for our mental defences, our resilience to things that cause psychological harm. I am well guarded against some things and less well guarded against others, I like the suite of "armor" because it contains many sections of varying thickness and always has gaps in it, like our defences.
 
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