2 thoughts on “Cruel Words: Why Do We ‘Treasure’ Them?

  • March 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    What a spot on article. My theory is after you have been abused for years by a parent or older sibling including gas-lighting, these words have been said so many times to you that it takes years of therapy and discussion to begin to eliminate all the venomous poison you have absorbed. It is too bad that we haven’t come up with human antivenom shots yet, such as people take for rattlesnake bites..

  • March 27, 2019 at 2:57 pm


    As you say, the problem with these things is that you’re never quite sure how true they are. And for as long as you aren’t sure, they will stay in your mind.

    Which pretty much provides the antidote: you just have to find a way of establishing, one way or the other, what’s the truth of the matter. If there was some truth, then you can think about what to do about it. It would be the first step for positive change. But for as long as you don’t know, you’ll treasure them.


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