How To Use The Interview Technique As Part Of Your Healing Process

Interview Technique For Psychological Breast Cancer HealingYou have been given a diagnosis of cancer. I invite you to sit down and have an INTERVIEW with this cancer that has shown up. Don’t let cancer take control of you and your life. Sit down with it and get out your pen and paper and begin the INTERVIEW of cancer to see what hidden agenda we can find. Here is how you start. Get your journal, find a quiet place, perhaps even fix two cups of tea. One cup of tea is for you and the other for cancer. Be mindful of your preparation. Maybe even choose two different teas. Choose a green anti-oxidant tea for cancer and detox tea for you. Make the environment friendly, perhaps even buying fresh flowers, because you are preparing to have one of the most important conversations of your life. And you are learning how to love your enemies.

Now that you are all settled, close your eyes and imagine cancer. How does cancer show up for his interview? How is cancer dressed? What color, shape and size it this cancer? Go back to the guided imagery journal page and finish the details. What odor does cancer have? Texture? Once you have a full believable image, begin the INTERVIEW. You are in control of how this goes. Thank cancer for coming to the interview and tell cancer you have prepared tea. Next ask cancer, “You have come into my life. I am not in favor of your presence but since you are here, educate me. What do I need to learn about you being here?” Write down whatever weird thing that cancer might say.

Then ask cancer what it needs to leave your body. Sounds almost ludicrous, doesn’t it? Creative writing and INTERVIEW technique can bring us some wisdom about our situation that we cannot find in a book or treatment. I don’t believe you did anything to cause your cancer, but I do believe you can be part of your healing process. Even if the end result is death you do not need to be its victim.

Ask cancer what it needs from you. Even if cancer taunts you and says “be afraid.” Just gently respond, “fear won’t help me and I don’t allow it on this journey.” Notice how cancer responds to that assertive answer.

This INTERVIEW technique is a useful way to tap into the unconscious and gain access to information you need. If you find this process too difficult to begin with cancer, consider starting with loneliness. It may be an easier start for you and, once comfortable with the technique, you can move on to INTERVIEW cancer.

If you are lonely; depressed; angry; hurt; or feeling any other bothersome emotion, sit down with your pen and your journal and pretend to be an interested reporter. An investigative reporter or a great journalist is interested in more than just the facts. He/she is interested in the context, the background story, and the motive. For instance, picture your loneliness as an animal, object, or person. Spend a moment describing what loneliness wore to the INTERVIEW. Did loneliness bother to get dressed up or did loneliness show up disheveled? What jewelry is loneliness wearing? How old is loneliness? Now you are ready for the INTERVIEW. The INTERVIEW starts like this, “Loneliness, I see you are about (how many years old)? Can you tell me about the first time you experienced this lonely feeling inside?” Write down the answer and then ask any INTERVIEW questions that come out of that story. Can you describe to me what is the hardest part about being lonely? Can you describe the best time you have had being lonely? If you don’t like being lonely so much, what stops you from changing? What steps would you have to take not to be so lonely all of the time? Which step are you willing to take first? If your life stays this lonely, what will you have to look forward too? What can you do to change? Now you get the point. Use this INTERVIEW method to do your own emotional work.

Feature photo source: Healing Powers of Journaling

Dr. Robin DilleyDr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

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