Watching David Banner search for the cure for the gamma irradiated monster inside was a weekly staple in elementary school. (Yes, He was David, not Bruce in the TV series) Watching The Incredible Hulk, special affects have come a long way since the green dyed Lou Ferrigno, too bad the same can not be said for the monster inside.
It seems many of us journey through life, like Bruce, trying to suppress the monster within. Our monster comes in many shapes and sizes, not just Hulk-like anger. Self hate, low self esteem, eating disorders, over spending…they are numerous, but we tend to follow his example in managing our Hulk.
Believing it will never really go away we try to control it, harness the monster, choke him back into his cell inside. Other times we try avoidance and isolation, staying out of situations that might bring the monster to the surface. We keep to ourselves, never really letting anyone get close, fearing that the monster may break free and hurt them, or that they will play our “General Ross” and expose our secrets.
These really don’t seem to work, all it takes is just the right trigger to unleash our inner demons. So how do we deal with them?