Responding to bad news or difficult life circumstances is always tricky, and this one is especially complex. So, I will take you through it step by step.
My mother FORBIDS my father (who is supposed to be an adult, I rush to point out) to eat ice cream. So, here is what he does to get his way
I came across a post on Upworthy about a woman writing a letter of support to her neighbour experiencing domestic abuse. It made me want to write to you.
Welcome to Our Community of Survivors! Are you ready to move beyond a difficult childhood or chaotic relationships? You are in the right place.
My mother is an enormous flirt. Of course she’ll deny it at every turn, but I’ve seen her in action. With co-workers, with neighbors… even with my friends!
The idea that abuse does not happen behind white picket fences or always leaves bruises is just something we tell ourselves. It makes it easier to process. It means we can think of an abuser as a monster, instead of a neighbor.
There are people in this world who leave you feeling totally depleted. The second you see them, you feel your energy drain from your body and mind.
To release the past and embrace the future is such an important topic. Finding ways to find positive growth in adversity and trauma will help this process.
Interacting with toxic people is a little like playing Emotional Russian Roulette. By that I mean that you never know which version of the person will be on the other side of the door.
Toxic people both demean and overemphasize health and self-care. While being criticized for not healing and for trying to heal, I’d be told I’d die a horrible, slow, young death.