I went to therapy. As I had been told many times, I was met by a genuinely warm and happy older man, who made something that is generally uncomfortable and painful for me, much less so. I am sure there are other therapists in the area who would work well for me, but truly, I’m glad that I stuck to my guns and was insistent on seeing Dr. Wolcott. Interestingly, despite being fairly convinced that my life and marriage were falling apart, Dr. Wolcott thought otherwise. Apparently, I am full of love. However, instead of showing this love in some healthy, well-mannered way, I will go to the ends of the earth to rescue you from whatever problem you have. This may be not having enough time to do chores around the house, to, in the case of friends (looking at you Mr. ENFP), dropping whatever is actually bothering me, to help you rescue your relationship. Myself is never first. Now, how we are going to fix that is beyond me. I assume that is why you actually continue going to therapy. But, the root of the problem is simple. I am a fixer of all the problems. And by golly, if you have a problem, I will fix it. It’s very classic INTJ really. We see above the whole situation and can hone in and take care of it. And I do so excellently. I do it at work. I do it at home. I do it socially. If there is a problem, I have a solution, and chances are it’ll be good and effective. So that’s what we’re going to work on. Also interestingly enough, Mr. ENFP was quite aware of this (pre therapy), so when I called him flabbergasted at the latest misgiving of my husband, he let me vent all of my frustrations prior to telling me that his girlfriend had likely ended their relationship. True to form, I immediately put my frustrations aside, and helped come up with a grand gesture in hopes of reconciling, which he dutifully followed. True to form, they reconciled. See. Fixer. It also speaks volumes that he’s sensitive to this, and spawns many many levels of questions that will have to wait quite some time, as he is in Europe for the next two weeks.
Also interestingly, the root of so many of my problems may not be my husband, but instead, my dad. When we started going on these trips to Houston, I was supposed to essentially be a taxi driver. I had to make sure he was where he needed to be, but the rest was up to my dad. Now, I manage it all. I book the hotel. I figure out what we’ll do when we’re in Houston (although admittedly, it’s what I want to do, not what we want to do). I find out and catalog where he needs to be when, and whether he can have food prior to whatever procedure he is having, and if he cannot, how far in advance he has to stop eating. I keep up with where we need to be, and whether this is something that is a firm appointment, or soft arrival (i.e., labs are soft arrival. As long as they’re done before the procedure that follows, who cares). Pretty well, my dad just has the procedure done to him. I am 100% responsible for the rest.
Despite all of this fix-it ability, there is one relationship at work that is seriously suffering. In the firm I work at, offices line the exterior walls with cubes on the inside. It’s all open, and unfortunately the area is particularly live. We have a younger, inexperienced, secretary who is an ESFJ (universally, this personally rubs me the most wrong, except for maybe my ISTP brother), and a member of the mean/pretty girl clique. Why we still have these things past high school just boggles me. In any case, a lot of the firm thinks she is delightful, which if you are in a position of authority, she is. However, she’s dumb as a brick, and has zero desire to learn more, and is lazy. I kid you not, she has said several times “I’m smart enough.” That statement right there is why we can never be friends. Unfortunately, my boss and her boss do a lot of work together, which means our work overlaps a great bit. She is now 3 cubes down, which has helped us some, but not enough. Today’s drama – she complained to HR about me using speaker phone. Specifically, I used it twice. Once, I dialed a long distance phone number and then picked it up after dialing. The other time, I was on the phone with HER boss trying to edit something with HER boss. So, the HR guy comes to me in his passive-lets-all-be-friends way, which I detest, and tells me how I can’t use speakerphone. I immediately then email her boss that anytime she wants to edit something, I need to come to her or she needs to come to me. We will see how this goes. I detest office politics, but if what I’m doing isn’t wrong, you damn well better believe I will fight back. I hear her cough, vape, and type all day with her fake fingernails on the keyboard, and never say a word. Maybe that should change.
More therapy Tuesday. Thank God it’s Friday.