Then I spoke with Rudy. "Rudy, I really understand that Carmella's criticism of you feels devastating to you. But withdrawing is not a loving way of taking care of your self. Your inner child needs for you to speak up for him. When Carmella is critical of you, instead of withdrawing, you need to say something like, 'This feels terrible. I hate it when you treat me this way. I hate being criticized by you. I don't like it when you try to control me and get me to be the way you think I should be.' Carmella is not aware of being so critical, and she is not aware of the effect her criticism is having on you. You need to be willing to risk speaking up for yourself rather than withdrawing."
Both Carmella and Rudy agreed to learn and practice the Inner Bonding process so they could learn to be kind to themselves and to each other. Carmella worked hard to see the Rudy she fell in love with. Rudy started to speak up for himself when Carmella was critical, and started to feel better about himself as a result. Through their Inner Bonding practice and the resulting kindness to themselves and each other, their relationship is healing.
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