She worked in insurance as a claims denier – her job was to tell people “no” – and she hated it.

As her life had become more stressful, she had developed avoidance mechanisms to cope.

At first she just started avoiding the kind of complicated thought her job required. Then she just started avoiding going to work.

When doing tasks that reminded her of going to the office she would become forgetful and distracted – and eventually this included forgetting to put on clothes and stand upright. She enjoyed crawling naked on all fours around the house because it was as far from her stress as she could get.

And, of course, she could no longer bear to tell anyone “no”…


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