Putting Her Blanket to Bed
Greta says that when she has her blanket in her hand, it soothes her. "It calms me, and it's just a sense of security," she shares. "When I pick my blanket up, I want to put my thumb in my mouth."
John also learned about Greta's thumb sucking two years into their relationship. "I was really, really shocked," he says. "It bothers me that Greta does suck her thumb and has to have her Tee Tee."
Greta turns to Dr. Phil. "This New Year's, I want to give up my thumb sucking and my Tee Tee. I need your help," she says.
"This is really kind of all about anxiety, isn't it?" Dr. Phil asks Greta.
"Yes," Greta agrees.
Tee Tee is brought to Dr. Phil and he shows it off. "This is something that you have found comfort in. It's a sameness. It's a routine," he says.
"Yes. The minute I have my blanket, I feel very relaxed and calm," she says.
Dr. Phil addresses John. "You toss it away, and she does what?" he asks.
"Gets very angry," John says, smiling.
Dr. Phil explains to Greta that sucking her thumb and holding her blanket are coping mechanisms, and she n
"I usually cuddle with him and the blanket," Greta says with a laugh.
"You need to really learn to relax yourself without that," Dr. Phil says, adding that he plans to give her some tools to take home so she can learn to do that. "Those things have served a purpose, and when something in your life serves a purpose, and you take it away, you have to put a new tool in its place." He suggests that she take small steps to detach from her Tee Tee, like moving it to the nightstand, then the dresser and then in the closet. "Before you know it, it will be gone."
Greta agrees to learn new coping skills so she can give up the blanket.