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I want to be paralyzed

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I know it sounds awful and I hate it…. but I want to know if there’s a psychological problem related to this or if I’m just a psycho. And if so are there any cures or ways to make me change. I hate it and m embarrassed but I fantasize being paralyzed ad if I wasn’t a religious person I don’t thin I’d able to stop myself from making this a reality and harming myself. Ive come close to it but then I feel ashamed. WHICH I KNOW I SHOULD BE! If anyone who is or knows someone paralyzed I apologize. I now it’s sick but I seriously don’t know how to stop these feelings…

I want to be paralyzed

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I am very glad you took the time to write this. The fact that you feel upset about these thoughts and felt prompted to write us is a very positive sign. You know this fantasy isn’t truly part of you and are feeling the angst because of it. Honor the discomfort and talk to a therapist about when it began, what has been going on in your life, and the possible reasons you would fantasize about it happening. My guess is that in starting to explore your discomfort with the fantasy you may come to understand more about how it began, and what can be done about it.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I want to be paralyzed

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). I want to be paralyzed. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2019, from
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