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Difficult Feelings

When Kids Bully Parents


Most parents have had the experience at one time or another of their child having too much power in the family. This can happen in different ways, at different times, for different reasons, but it always feels terrible – for parents and kids. When we feel competent as parents, being around our children is often a source of pleasant emotional experiences. This helps us to feel attached to our kids, which in turn allows us to...
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Anger

Addiction and Emotional Abuse

“The truth is that the few times he was physical with me were tiny blips on a long timeline of subtle manipulation, public humiliation, controlling behavior and gaslighting.” So writes Leigh Stein of her abusive boyfriend in her Washington Post essay, He Didn’t Hit Me. It Was Still Abuse.

Despite the deeply painful impact of emotional abuse, many people don’t grasp its significance. There are no bruises and broken bones, so does it really “count”?

Our answer: it certainly does. Emotional abuse is real, and...
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Anger

Addiction and Verbal Abuse

“You’re stupid. You’re an idiot.”

“What’s wrong with you? You’re crazy!”

“You’re worthless, you’re nothing.”

“You should never have been born.”

“You don’t shape up, I’m gonna kill you.”

All of these words and phrases constitute verbal abuse. That’s why just seeing them on a computer screen can cause...
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General

Four Reasons Why Calling Someone “Crazy” Hurts (Do We Still Really Need Reasons?)

If I don't like you or what you stand for, you must be

Evil
Ignorant
In the minority (and therefore irrelevant)
"Crazy"

While there is certainly evil, ignorance, minority points of view, and mental illness in the world, the way the intolerant shut down opposition and delegitimize people they disagree with is not to debate, but to name-call or label.
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