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Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 01:59 am
some people just creep me out D:

So the other day was my last day of group. There was one woman who was brand new who made me very uncomfortable.
She would keep interrupting for one thing but that was no big deal, it was just annoying. Whenever somebody talked about a problem she would start making the cross and start to pray! At first we thought she was having a problem and she would reply with "I'm not having a problem, I'm just praying for their problem to go away."
Um...
Then because it was my last day I was to talk for a bit...she started to pray for me! By this time one of the therapists said that it was inappropriate to do this in a therapy group and she's right! She replied with "I'm just praying for them!"
I said "I'm not Christian"
"That's okay, nobody's perfect."
Shocked silence. I was too shocked to be insulted, everybody was really shocked! There's another Jew in the group and we exchanged amused\horrified looks.
The therapist finally said to stop..or she would have to leave for the day. She did.
I don't mind if you 'pray for me' and what not..but damn it! For one thing it is really inappropriate to do it in a therapy group, it really is! For another thing, if you are going to do it, do it silently. Don't just start doing the cross like that. For another thing, don't assume everybody is Christian and don't assume that everybody wants you do pray for them!
What she did is the same thing as if some stranger came up to me and said "I will pray for you", to me at least. She was brand new and didn't know the situation of any of us and just started to do this, none of us appreciated it. I guess she did it with good intentions but none of us wanted it.
Like I said, I don't mind when people pray for me even though I am not religious (I'm not sure in the existance of god but I'm spiritual) but..yeah I was very uncomfortable with that.

After group was over the other Jew, Lou, was talking to me about a book of poems he thought I would like. One poem was about a man and a younger woman and she overheard. She exclaimed "She's too young!"
She obviously thought something else and I just know my look was horrified. We talked some more and I wished him luck, poor guy has to put up with her for a few weeks!
She also instigated a hug against my will, you really aren't supposed to force that. I did not appreciate that, I'm not keen on hugs. I don't mind them if I like the person but damn, don't force yourself on me like that!

I have a few more groups that the therapists signed me up for. An anxiety class, assertiveness class (one of the therapists runs that), the follow up to what I just finished that I don't have to go to all the time, and a walking group because a major part of my depression is my weight and they thought this would help me. The walking one starts today (Friday).

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box_of_sorrows
Box Of Sorrows
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)

I used to work with a woman who was a born-again Christian type, really ott and constantly forcing her views on people. She came in one day and gave me and my friend leaflets because she so wanted to save our souls..
We went on a training course one time that involved a 3hr drive, she brought a tape of some Christian pop-rock music and was playing it constantly in the car, got so into one song that by the end she shouted "ohh, Lee, do you know how much I LOVE Jesus?!"...

So yeah, some people are scary!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)

Hell I don't even mind when people hand me leaflets but when they will not leave me alone..and they keep talking to me about it and I keep asking them to leave is when I get mad. The Mormons are usually good about just handing me a leaflet and wishing me a good day.
I listen to Christmas music :D


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box_of_sorrows
Box Of Sorrows
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)

Linda was the type who would keep on at you constantly until you wanted to kill her!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)

I want to smack those type of people with really large salmon...or maybe marlin.


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z3nyatta
z3nyatta
Val
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)

I consider myself a very liberal Christian (I know, sounds like an oxymoron anymore, right?) and I HATE it when people do stuff like that. I was volunteering the Residence Hall Association (a non religious group) at this big event Ferris had where you can get lots of fun stuff and these two little kids came up to our table. They were Seventh Day Adventist and started telling us all this stuff that had obviously been fed to them to memorize because there is NO WAY a 7 year old would have understood the stuff they were telling us. It really pissed me off. I mean, I was very nice to the kids of course, because it's not their fault. But I hate it when people make little kids do their dirty work because they know people won't tell them to go away.
If you're going to evangelize for any kind of religion, you have to form some kind of relationship with the person first. Not this whole, in your
And if you don't mind me asking, what does it mean that your agnostic? I'm always curious about different things like that.


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)

I don't think it's oxymoron, I know some liberal Christians. You would think being a liberal Jew would be the same :p
Agnostic::
1. a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience.
2. a person who denies or doubts the possibility of ultimate knowledge in some area of study.

Haha, I just say it means that I'm not sure in the existance of god and I haven't made up my mind if I believe in a god.


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)

Oh, that's from the dictionary, and it doesn't really pertain to me since I'm fairly spiritual in nature :[


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)

Bah! Stupid typos, that was supposed to be a smile :]


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)

I'm so sorry, when you wrote "pray" as "prey" I seriously imagined her attacking and eating you...then I wrote about you saying you are not Christian, then I got it...:P
Ew about hugging. I hate when weird people hug me...
I hope you have a good time in your other classes...


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evilcresyluna
evilcresyluna
Miss Celie of the North
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)

Hahaha, me too! I was like "omigod, what was she doing?? I think they really put her in the wrong therapy class. . ." :P I'm a dork.


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)

Well I still think she was in the wrong class...haha...:P
She should have been privately dealt with...


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)

Cannibals R Us


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)

LOL! Spellcheck didn't label it as wrong since it wasn't a mispelled word :P
Yes, I felt unsafe, she kept giving me eyes. I thought I would become her next main course! *goes to change*


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Sat, Sep. 16th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)

I didn't mean to tease, it was just amusing since she seemed like the type of person who WOULD do that...
SO SCARY! :(


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sat, Sep. 16th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)

I had no problems with the teasing, it was funny :P


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Sat, Sep. 16th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)

haha ok! :)


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beethatbumbles
beethatbumbles
Melissa
Sat, Sep. 16th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)

That's incredibly offensive. I can't believe someone did that to you!

Something similar happened to me a few weeks ago. I was so angry about it, I didn't even want to talk about it in my journal. This guy randomly came up to me in a cafe, asked why I had my cane. I said I had fibromyalgia. He said "What's that?" I explained. He said "oh well my friend over there comes from redding and she works with a church and they cure people from fibromyalgia through prayer."
What the fuck?? He hadn't even heard of it a second ago, and now he's curing me??? Asshole!!


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weaz3l
weaz3l
Aleks
Sat, Sep. 16th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)

Dude, that "nobody's perfect" line just pissed me the fuck off to no end. Seriously. What the fuck was she thinking? Well, I know what she was thinking since I am familiar with that kind of mind-set because of many of the people I went to high school with/born agains I know. Ugh. I consider myself Christian and I pray for people, but we all know I'm a "bad" Christian. I would love to have a chat with that lady, seriously. I could think of a number of things to say to piss her off.


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axe_girl
axe_girl
Dana
Thu, Sep. 21st, 2006 08:12 am (UTC)

Srsly. Where in the Bible does it say that you can't pray for people IN SILENCE AND WITHOUT MAKING IT OBVIOUS? I used to do it all the time. It feels a bit evil though, like undressing someone with your eyes or something.


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