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Codependent Mother, Exasperated Daughter

In theory, the mother/daughter relationship should be the best, most loving, longest lasting friendship of a woman's life. In the past two articles, we had a conversation regarding how a woman's relationship with her mother deeply affects her ability to have successful female friendships and why so many mother/daughter relationships founder. But what role does codependency play in a mother and her daughter's difficulty in maintaining a pleasant friendship with each other?


Abuse

The Cheated Children of Parental Alienation

'For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, "It might have been".' Those bitter words written by John Greenleaf Whittier always come to mind when I consider how much children affected by Parental Alienation are robbed of what is rightfully theirs. They grow up in unnecessary deprivation - emotionally, relationally, affectionately and sometimes even the most basic aspects of life, clothes, food, even hygiene.


Aspergers

The Frustrating Life of an Aspie in a Neurotypical Dominated World

Imagine: A teenage attendant mumbles 'Howareyatodaymate' while ringing up your petrol purchase. His question puzzles you. What is he really asking? Is his question objective and caring? Is it meaningless and uncaring? Should you take it at face value or does it convey some hidden, secret, deeper meaning? Should you respond 'Fine' even if you're not 'fine' or tell him the truth about your current well being? Or is 'Howareyatodaymate' merely one of those puzzling neurotypical social scripts that make no sense, because he simply doesn't care how you are and he's definitely not your mate. That's what it's like to be an Aspie adrift in a Neurotypical world. Puzzling, complex, nonsensical, scripted and frustrating.