When you’re in the process of recovery from a trauma, you may have experienced a feeling of being stuck. This type of block can make you feel anxious, low in self-worth, and unable to move on. By avoiding therapy and other methods, you reinforce the belief that you can’t handle the pain. However, working through stuck points is possible if you can learn to recognize them and understand their origins. Here are some ways to identify and work through stuck points.
Strictly speaking, “stuck” refers to any object or situation that cannot be moved. This could be a jar lid, a car in traffic, or even an indecisive person. The word “stuck” derives from the Old English verb stician, which means to pierce or remain fastened. It is also a figurative expression, as in the “stuck” arrow.